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Hurricane Camille
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Hurricane Camille

August 17-19, 1969

Camille Aerial Damage Camille - Storm Surge

Scenes of Camille's Destruction

Camille was born off the African coast on August 5th but didn't become a hurricane until the 15th. Once into the Gulf of Mexico, the small, powerful hurricane intensified rapidly. By late afternoon on the 16th an Air Force reconnaissance plane measured a 905 mb pressure (26.72 inches) and winds of 160 mph, indicating a Category 5 hurricane, the most powerful on the Saffir/Simpson Scale.

Early on the 17th when Camille was centered 250 miles south of Mobile, AL, the Air Force team found a central pressure of 901 mb (26.61 inches) and maximum winds of more than 200 mph near the center. That pressure reading was second only to the Labor Day hurricane of 1935 in which a 26.35 inch (892 mb) pressure was recorded in the Florida Keys.

Camille and the 1935 Keys storm are the only category 5 hurricanes to hit the U.S. this century. The lowest pressure ever recorded in the Western Hemisphere occurred during Hurricane Gilbert in 1988--888 mb (26.23 inches).

Camille made landfall on the Mississippi coast at 10:30 PM CST on the 17th passing over Bay St. Louis, MS, with estimated winds over 200 mph. However, it was the devastating storm surge that flooded coastal areas and caused the greatest damage and loss of life. Flooding was most severe in the Pass Christian-Long Beach, MS area where storm tides of 24.6 feet above mean sea level were measured--higher than any previous storm tide of record.

Despite early warnings and mass evacuations, Camille ranks high as one of the most destructive killers ever to hit the U.S. Camille's reputation as a killer did not end at the Gulf Coast. As an extra tropical depression, Camille moved northeastward through western Tennessee, Kentucky and then eastward through extreme southern West Virginia and southern Virginia. Late on the 19th the remnants of Camille produced torrential rains over the Appalachians causing flash floods and landslides in southeastern West Virginia and central Virginia. This resulted in the worst flooding of the century in that area. Several amounts of more than 25 inches were found on post examination--most of it occurring in an 8 hour period.

The final death count for the U.S. is listed at 256. This includes the Gulf Coast and the Virginias--143 on the Gulf Coast and another 113 from the Virginia floods. The damage in 1990 dollars was estimated at $5.2 billion. Camille was the 5th most costly storm in U.S. history, following Andrew, Hugo, Betsy, and Agnes.

In Memory of Those Who Died In Camille

In loving memory
of those who were taken from us
by the wrath of Hurricane Camille.
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