Hurricane Camille (MS, 1969) broke the equipment at Keesler Air Force Base (home of the Hurricane Hunters) in Biloxi, MS when her winds reached somewhere around 205 to 210 mph. So we'll really never know just how high her winds were.
Category 5 is as high as it gets. Maximum sustained winds over 155 mph are category 5. It is hard for the storms to maintain that kind of intensity for long lengths of time, so there really isn't any need for another category after 5.
Camille - hit my hometown, her winds are common knowledge here
Category info: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/aboutsshs.shtml
· 1 decade ago