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Hurricane Camille hit Mississippi 53 years ago today

Hurricane Camille
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On this day 53 years ago, the infamous Hurricane Camille made landfall in Mississippi.

Camille is one of only five Atlantic hurricanes ever recorded to hit the United States at Category 5 strength. When the hurricane reached the Mississippi Gulf Coast, it brought a record U.S. storm surge of 24.6 feet to Pass Christian.

That record was held until another tragedy took place in 2007 with Hurricane Katrina’s 27.8-foot storm surge.

The total death toll as a result of Hurricane Camille was 256, which makes it the 15th deadliest hurricane in U.S history.

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