Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Today in Severe Weather History for August 17

On this date in 1969, Hurricane Camille, the 2nd most damaging hurricane in U.S. History, slammed into the coast of Mississippi.  Producing winds of up to 200 mph and a storm surge of nearly 25 feet, the hurricane claimed 256 lives and caused 1.3 billion dollars in damage.

Winds gusted to 172 mph at Main Pass Block LA, and 190 mph near Bay Saint Louis MS.  Damage was catastrophic across much of the region.

So deadly and damaging, the name Camille was retired and will never be used again in the Atlantic Basin.

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