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NWS: Categorized Storms Do Not Factor in Rainfall Amount

1 year 6 days 22 hours ago Monday, September 23 2019 Sep 23, 2019 September 23, 2019 4:40 PM September 23, 2019 in News - Local

BROWNSVILLE – Tropical Storm Imelda unleashed deadly flooding in the Houston area last week, dumping 43 inches of rain and causing at least five deaths.

Now, the National Weather Service has a message to the public saying you should stay prepared no matter the category of storm.

Hurricanes are categorized on a scale of 1 through 5. The stronger the sustained wind, the higher the number.

“When we talk about a category, we only talk about the speed of the wind; that's the only thing that makes a system a cyclone, whether it's a depression, or a hurricane or major hurricane,” said Barry Goldsmith, a NWS meteorologist.

As of now, there is no other factor that goes into how a storm is categorized.

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