40th Anniversary of Camille

On Aug. 17, 1969, Hurricane Camille slammed into the Mississippi coast as a Category 5 storm, with top sustained winds estimated at nearly 200 mph.

The hurricane and resulting flash floods were blamed for more than 250 deaths in the United States and Cuba.

Hurricane Camille's damage total was nearly $1.42 billion. At the time, it was the second most expensive hurricane to strike the U.S.

Camille headed north after damaging the Gulf Coast, to drop more than 27 inches of rain more than eight hundred miles from its starting point.

Mississippi Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney reminds residents to review their homeowners policies and make advance preparations for other storms.

"The lessons we've learned from Hurricanes Camille and Katrina have shown us how deadly and devastating late August storms can be to the Mississippi Gulf Coast," said Chaney.


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