Category 1 hurricanes Cause difficulties for people in mobile homes, but when a Category 5 hurricane comes pounding in, it’s an entirely other story. With winds gusting at more than 155 miles per hour (250 kilometers per hour) and storm surges higher than 18 feet (5 meters) high, Category 5 storms have the power to demolish all but the most lasting buildings, while hammering down vegetation and utility poles, scooping up cars and roofs, and twisting the resulting debris around in a frenzy that is ferocious. (more…)