45 Years Later, Hurricane Camille Downgraded

April 10, 2014

The National Hurricane Center has downgraded Hurricane Camille’s strength at its catastrophic landfall in 1969.

The Category 5 hurricane came ashore along Mississippi’s coast. The storm was blamed for 256 deaths in the U.S. and $1.4 billion in damage at the time.

Researchers from the hurricane center and Florida International University re-analyzed original observations from ships, weather stations, coastal radars, reconnaissance planes and satellite imagery. They determined that Camille’s wind strength peaked at 175 mph, not the 190 mph previously recorded.

Category 5 hurricanes have maximum sustained winds of 157 mph or higher.

Camille is the second-strongest hurricane to strike the U.S. mainland since 1900. The Florida Keys Labor Day Hurricane in 1935 is first with 185 mph winds, and Hurricane Andrew in 1992 is third with 165 mph winds.

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  • November 1, 2017 at 9:41 pm
    Tom Weiss says:
    Camille was downgraded strictly to make recent hurricanes seem stronger. No hurricane in my lifetime ever got the violent reports that Camille did as it happened. Camille was ... read more
  • April 11, 2014 at 3:00 pm
    Well I'll be... says:
    Don't know what I would have done without this valuable information. Guess I'll get by, but it will be tough!
  • April 11, 2014 at 2:18 pm
    Cheetoh Mulligan says:
    Wasn't it bothering you all these years? I hear their next task is to downgrade the strength of Arnold Swartzneger and Lou Ferigno. (both of which I spelled wrong)
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