On This Day…

Hurricane Camille

August 17, 1969

Hurricane Camille strikes Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana killing more than 259 people and leaving 70,000 homeless. It is the second most intense tropical cyclone on record to strike the United States. It produced a storm surge of 24 feet (7.3 m) and flattened nearly everything along the coast of Mississippi and caused $1.42 billion in damages (equivalent to $9.9 billion in 2019).