Hurricane Matthew

Here’s What a Category 4 Hurricane Looks Like

Aerial View of Hurricane Strewn Area
Homes were reduced to piles of rubble following Hurricane Andrew. Steven D Starr / Corbis via Getty Images

In 1992, Category 4 Hurricane Andrew left an estimated 250,000 homeless and caused more than $20 billion in damage in the Bahamas, Florida and Louisiana. Fifty-five people were killed.

Hurricane Matthew could become the first major hurricane to make landfall in the United States since Wilma in October 2005 if it maintains at least Category 3 status with winds of 110 mph or more.

Current forecasts show Matthew — with maximum sustained winds of 115 mph — could bring heavy rain, powerful winds, storm surge and other problems to the U.S. coast from Florida to the Carolinas in the coming days. Forecasters warn it has the potential to be incredibly destructive, and it was upgraded to a Category 4 storm (with 140 mph maximum sustained winds) late Thursday morning.