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WARNING 24FT STORM SERGE GULF of MEXICO, BAJA CALIFORNIA, SEA TEMPS HIGH, CLUSTER QUAKES EQUATOR 17 AUG 2012 213 PM EDT

August 17, 2012

WARNING 24FT STORM SERGE GULF of MEXICO, BAJA CALIFORNIA, SEA TEMPS HIGH, CLUSTER QUAKES EQUATOR 17 AUG 2012 213 PM EDT

 

Hurricane Camille Category 5 produced a 24 Ft Storm Surge 7.3 m tidal wave heights

 

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Camille strengthened further over the Gulf of Mexico and made landfall with a pressure of 905 mbar (hPa), estimated sustained winds of 190 mph (305 km/h), and a peak official storm surge of 24 feet (7.3 m); by maximum sustained wind speeds, Camille was one of the strongest landfalling tropical cyclones recorded worldwide, and one of only four tropical cyclones worldwide ever to officially achieve wind speeds of 190 miles per hour (310 km/h). The hurricane flattened nearly everything along the coast of the U.S. state of Mississippi, and caused additional flooding and deaths inland while crossing the Appalachian Mountains of Virginia. In total, Camille killed 259 people and caused $1.42 billion (1969 USD, $9 billion 2012 USD) in damages. To this day, a complete understanding of the reasons for the system’s power, extremely rapid intensification over open water and strength at landfall has not been achieved.

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