According to the Saffir-Simpson scale, Camille would seem to have caused much more damage due to its strength when it hit, this however is not exactly true (“Hurricane Camille, the USA's second strongest 20th century hurricane, hit the Gulf Coast in 1969”). By using the Hurricane Severity Index, Camille got more points for its intensity than Katrina, but Katrina had larger amount of points for the size (Herbert 1-3). This proves that even though Katrina hit at a weaker wind speed, its size made up for it. The greater the maximum wind radius the more of an economic and social impact a Hurricane will leave. Although Hurricanes greatly impact specific areas economically, the effect on the economy in the U.S. is merely a little dent. Katrina hit much weaker but still had much more of an economic and geographic affect because of its size. Both of these storms took relatively the same exact course and hit around the same area, so the only differences would be the size and intensity of the storms.