Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale

The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale is a rating system based on hurricane intensity. Within each category is a description of wind speed, storm surge, and estimated damages. Examples of each category are noted.

  1. Category One Hurricane
  2. Category Two Hurricane
  3. Category Three Hurricane
  4. Category Four Hurricane
  5. Category Five Hurricane
  • Damage primarily to unanchored mobile homes, shrubbery, and trees
  • Limited coastal road flooding and minor pier damage
  • No significant damage to permanent structures
  • Some damage to poorly constructed signs
  • Storm surge generally 4 to 5 feet above normal
  • Winds 74 to 95 miles per hour (mph)