Thursday, August 30, 2018

Throwback Thursday: Camille

Note: Yes, JJ is aware that Camille hit the Gulf Coast on August 18.  However, it still took place in August. 

Today's edition of Throwback Thursday focuses on Hurricane Camille.  She has been somewhat forgotten since it was 49 years ago and Katrina was a bigger storm.  Camille nuked Gulfport and tore through Mississippi as it moved north but then turned east and vented her fury at Virginia before she headed out into the Atlantic Ocean. Posted below are some memories of Camille.


Anonymous said...

Kinda nice to see how newspapers use to be. Lots of articles in small print with no ads. The complete opposite today. Very few articles (large print is used to take up as much space as possible) and lots of ads.

Anonymous said...

It's also the 13th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

dilligaf said...

I lived through Camille and Katrina. Camille put Katrina to shame.

Anonymous said...

Thanks fish. Camille was huge to us Gulfportians.

Louis LeFleur said...

9:57, yesterday was the Katrina anniversary. Today is Camille.

10:05, comparing the two storms is apples to oranges. Camille was a Cat 5, but small. Katrina was a Cat 3 when it finally hit, but HUGE and had a double eye wall. Despite being a lower category than Camille, the storm surge was higher, more powerful, and miles and miles longer. The wind damage wasn't a bad, but the storm surge was much worse. So how can you really compare?

Anon-E-Mouse said...

Camille killed more people during Katrina than Katrina did.

People always indexed storms and the decision to evacuate when compared to Camille. It’s why so many people sheltered in place, to be flooded out (drown) during Katrina.

Anonymous said...

Minor correction to a couple of previous commenters: Camille hit the Coast on August 17, 1969. Carry on.

Louis LeFleur said...

Dang it! You are correct, 12:04. Camille was August 17, not 30th.

dilligaf said...

Louie, I'm not comparing apples to oranges, i'm comparing hurricane to hurricane. I
lived in Jackson through both storms and as hurricanes go, Camille kicked our butts, much worse than Katrina. It's just my opinion.

Anonymous said...

Camille/Katrina.....doesnt really matter which was worse when either hits you. i wasnt alive for camille, but i drove down with supplies the day after katrina, into areas that were "closed". i pray i never see anything like that again. it reminded me of the footage of european cities in wwii, just different building materials strewn about and more dead cars than animals. i have been to tornado areas several times through my work, and have seen some amazing things that i didnt know were possible (small pine branch wind driven through a truck tire, sheet metal left looking like a sieve from wood splinters of shattered trees, etc.) but nothing compares to the vast expanse of destruction of a hurricane....and nothing compares to katrina for that. i didnt site see, but spent 20 straight awake hours going to different areas of biloxi and gulfport. the storm surge must have been unbelievable. when i asked someone why none of the oaks on the coast road had been damaged by the wind (they all looked fine the day after), the response i got put it into perspective....they were all under water. cars on top of building, casino "barges" inland and on top of a condo building....things you really never thought about as being possible. as a builder, it certainly put into perspective how puny we ultimately are against nature.

and the worst part...that bastard gwb could have stopped it all if he just believed in global warming....err climate change.

Anonymous said...

I lived in the Richelieu Apartments where the famous hurricane party was held during Camille. I evacuated to north Mississippi because I had just bought a new car and didn't want it to get flooded. My apartment was on the ground floor. There was nothing left but the bedroom carpet and it was damaged, too.

When I was leaving, the apartment manager (a lady) said, "You're not leaving are you? We're going to have a hurricane party and have fun."

I said, "Yeah. I think I'm evacuating."

She said, "Well, take the drawers out of your dresser so the things don't get wet if the water rises up to the floor level."

She and her husband died. So did several others.

Anonymous said...

"She and her husband died. So did several others."

I'll never forget Camille..

A week before, I was enjoying a long weekend at a little motel on Hwy 90 named the 'Bungalow' .

One day later, there was nothing left but a concrete slab.

Anonymous said...

Can we post links here? Here is a pretty good website about the hurricane party at the Richelieu Apartments. (I am the anonymous guy who lived there and posted above.)

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