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Hurricane Camille


Hurricane Camille was a powerful category 5 hurricane that hit Waveland, Mississippi on August 17, 1969. It had the highest wind speed at landfall of any hurricane to hit the continental United States in recorded history, with winds at an estimated 175 mph, and it is one of only four hurricanes to make landfall as a category 5. It formed as a tropical wave off the western coast of Africa. On August 13 it passed Jamaica, and upgraded to a tropical depression shortly thereafter. Just northwest of Grand Cayman, it strengthened to a tropical storm, and then to a hurricane in under 12 hours. On August 16, Camille was upgraded to a category 5 hurricane. Though it weakened briefly to a category 4 the next day, the storm regained strength in time to make landfall at around 11:30 PM on August 17. As a result of rivers overflowing, Pass Christian and parts of Biloxi were completely flooded, with waters rising to over 22 ft in some areas. Camille’s strong winds completely flattened many structures as it moved northward across Mississippi. In the Appalachian Mountains of Virginia and West Virginia, intense rainfall led to flooding and destruction, even after Camille had weakened to a tropical depression In total, there were an estimated 259 deaths and $1.42 billion in damages associated with Camille. 

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Disaster relief -- Mississippi -- Case studies.
Hurricane Camille, 1969.
Hurricane Camille, 1969 -- Historiography.
Hurricanes -- Gulf States.
Hurricanes -- Louisiana.
Hurricanes -- Social aspects -- Mississippi -- Gulf Coast -- History -- 20th century.
Louisiana -- Hurricanes.
Mississippi -- Hurricane, 1969.

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1. Hurricane Audrey  2. Hurricane Betsy  3. Hurricane Camille  4. Hurricane Andrew  
5. Hurricane Katrina  6. Hurricane Rita  7. Hurricane Gustav  8. Hurricane Ike

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