Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Series of Virginia Hurricane History: Piedmont: Camille

Title: Map of Hurricane Camille's
Map of Hurricane Camille's  Rainfall

Time Line

  • August 17, 1969 - Hurricane Camille makes landfall in the United States in the Bay Saint Louis area of Mississippi. The storm packs wind speeds of about 170 miles per hour and a storm surge twenty-five feet high.
  • August 19, 1969 - To the surprise of forecasters, a weak northward-moving Hurricane Camille makes a sharp turn to the east, leaving Kentucky and heading over the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. By ten that night Camille stretches from West Virginia all the way to Fredericksburg, and areas to the north and east of the center of the storm experience heavy rainfall.
  • August 20, 1969 - After leaving twenty-seven inches of rainfall in Nelson County, Hurricane Camille makes its way toward the coast and goes out to sea, leaving in its path 113 deaths from the storm, thirty-nine missing and presumed dead, and damages adding up to $116 million.
  • October 1, 1969 - In the wake of the destruction caused by Hurricane Camille and other natural disasters, the U.S. Congress enacts the Disaster Relief Act of 1969.
  • 1972 - The Virginia Historic Landmarks Commission posts a marker and monument near Woods Mill in Nelson County to memorialize the tragedy of Hurricane Camille.
  • March 31, 1979 - As a result of the damage and devastation caused by Hurricanes Carla (1962), Betsy (1965), Camille (1969), and Agnes (1972), U.S. president Jimmy Carter issues Executive Order 12127, which merges many separate disaster-related organizations into the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).