Anniversary of the 1969 Hurricane Camille

A total of 256 people perished in Hurricane Camille; she caused over a billion dollars in damage from Mississippi to Virginia.

Anniversary of the 1969 Hurricane Camille

Anniversary of the 1969 Hurricane Camille

It was on this day, August 17th, that the second worst hurricane in US history wrecked the Mississippi coast in 1969. A total of 256 people perished in the storm that caused over a billion dollars in damage from Mississippi to Virginia. Camille had winds reported at up to 190 mph and caused catastrophic flooding over Virginia and West Virginia.

Areas in the eye of this storm suffered complete destruction and ocean faring vessels were found to have been pushed over seven miles inland by Camille.

My father was in the Air Force and he visited the first house my parents lived in when they were stationed in Mississippi. I remember seeing the photographs of the destruction left by this category 5 hurricane. Even though their house was a total loss, the mirror affixed to the bedroom dresser remained unbroken.

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1 Comment

  1. publisher_sa

    20 years and a month later Hugo hit St.Croix (and after that Charleston and the mainland. My penthouse was completely destroyed except for the glass table in my office and a little Sony Triniton that worked rusted on the inside until 10 years later. I found my guitar in its case half a mile down the road. And that was all I had left except for the clothes on my back. Hurricanes do interesting things.

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