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A couple of experts have proposed the creation of a new category, Category 6, for hurricanes with winds exceeding 192 mph, as studies have shown that the strongest tropical storms are becoming more intense due to climate change. Currently, storms with winds of 157 mph or higher are classified as Category 5. However, several experts argue that another category is unnecessary as it may give the wrong signal to the public, since water is the deadliest aspect of hurricanes. Climate change is making the worst storms worse, with the proportion of major hurricanes increasing due to warmer oceans.
Climate change is making the worst storms worse," said study lead author Michael Wehner, a climate scientist at the Lawrence Berkley National Lab.
Since 2013, five storms in the Pacific have had winds exceeding 192 mph, which would have placed them in the proposed Category 6. The authors of the study highlight that the traditional hurricane categories may not accurately represent the true power of these monstrous storms. However, other experts argue that focusing on wind speed alone may not adequately convey the dangers associated with hurricanes, as water is by far the deadliest killer in these storms.
Several experts told The Associated Press they don't think another category is necessary. They said it could even give the wrong signal to the public because it's based on wind speed, while water is by far the deadliest killer in hurricanes.