The tropical storm “John” on Monday turned into a hurricane of the first category in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Mexico, according to the National Meteorological Service of the Latin American country.
According to the agency, the wind speed inside the hurricane reaches 120 kilometers per hour with gusts up to 150 kilometers per hour. “John” is now located about 515 kilometers from the city of Manzanillo.
A tropical storm is given a name when the speed of the accompanying wind reaches 62 km / h. In order for the hurricane to be assigned the first category on the Saffir-Simpson scale, which estimates the potential damage from the elements, its wind speed should exceed 120 km / h.
If the wind speed exceeds 150 km / h, the category of the hurricane will be raised to the second, at 180 – to the third, at 210 – to the fourth. The fifth, the most “dangerous” category, is assigned to hurricanes with a wind speed of more than 250 km / h.