NWS: Categorized Storms Do Not Factor in Rainfall Amount
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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