Why do we classify hurricanes?
Hurricanes are categorises in order to make it simple for people to understand how dangerous they are. All hurricanes are dangerous but some are more powerful thank others. The more powerful a hurricane is, the greater damage it will do and the greater risk to life.
What does a Category tell you?
Categories tell you about the overall size and strength of a hurricane. The higher the category, the larger the storm, the more energy it has in it and the more potential it has to cause damage and disruption. The largest hurricanes can do 500 times more damage than the smallest, so it's important that they are categorised so that people can easily understand how badly a hurricane may affect them.
Yokahu categories range from Intense to Extreme in a 5 tier scale, and use colours similar to a traffic light system to help make it clear. We hope this makes it simple, and we will send you emails with updates on active hurricanes and what category they are. You can also find this information by following us on Twitter or Facebook.
We determine these categories using the public information provided by the National Hurricane Centre, using the minimum central pressure of the storm. The lower this number, the more powerful a storm is and the larger it is. We pay you more money after a hurricane for the larger storms because they will cause you more hardship and disruption.
Our categories are described here.