Forty-six years ago, Hurricane Camille slammed into the Mississippi coast. Until Hurricane Katrina, Camille was the benchmark – the one to which all others were compared.
It was a Category 5 storm when it came ashore at Pass Christian on August 17, 1969, carving a path of destruction along the Gulf coast.
At the time, Camille was one of the strongest storms in U.S. history. A 24.6 foot storm surge inundated 860,000 acres of land in Louisiana and overtopped seawalls along the Mississippi shore, according to hurricanescience.org. The barrier islands along the Gulf Coast were badly damaged.
The storm weakened quickly as it moved inland, becoming a tropical storm within 12 hours of landfall.
Camille was the third deadliest U.S. hurricane in the 20th century. About 150 people died in Mississippi and Louisiana, and another 106 deaths occurred in Virginia from flash floods spawned by tropical rain as the storm broke up, according to our partners at Nola.com/the Times Picayune.