While southwest Virginia doesn’t get the brunt of landfalling hurricanes, it’s common to get flooding rain and even gusty wind and tornadoes as tropical systems move inland. This section includes some helpful links to track the latest tropical systems, get vacation travel information and learn about Virginia’s hurricane history.
INTERACTIVE HURRICANE TRACKER
Will your beach vacation be impacted by an upcoming system? Tropical storms and hurricanes come in all shapes, sizes and intensities. While WDBJ7 meteorologists track the impacts on our area, getting specific, critical information for an area you are visiting is equally important. Click the area you’ll be visiting for more information on preparedness.
HURRICANE RATING SCALE
The National Hurricane Center ranks tropical systems based on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale which is a 1 to 5 rating based on a hurricane’s sustained wind speed. This scale estimates potential property damage.
|RATING||WIND SPEED||NOTES & HISTORIC LANDFALL|
|Tropical Depression||0 - 38 MPH||Does not get a name but forecasts issued by NHC.|
|Tropical Storm||39 73 MPH||Receives a name|
|Category One||74 - 95 MPH||Hurricane Hermine (2016)|
|Category Two||96 - 110 MPH||Hurricane Ike (2008), Hurricane Isabel (2003)|
|Category Three||111 - 130 MPH||Hurricane Katrina (2005)|
|Category Four||131 - 155 MPH||Hurricane Charley (2004), Hurricane Hugo (1989)|
|Category Five||>156||Hurricane Andrew (1992), Hurricane Michael (2018)|
2021 HURRICANE NAMES
|NAME||PRONOUNCER||PEAK INTENSITY||ACTIVE DATES|
|Ana||AH-nah||Tropical Storm||May 22-24|
FAMOUS SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA HURRICANES
1954 | HAZEL
1969 | CAMILLE
1972 | AGNES
1985 | JUAN
1989 | HUGO
1996 | FRAN
2004 | IVAN
2018 | MICHAEL
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