This resource describes the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale, which is a 1-5 rating based on a hurricane’s intensity. The scale is used to give an estimate of the potential property damage and flooding expected along the coast from a hurricane landfall. Wind speed is the determining factor in the scale, as storm surge values are highly dependent on the slope of the continental shelf in the landfall region. The discussion of each rating includes wind speed, estimated storm surge, expected amount of damage and active links to more information about named storms of the same magnitude.