Camille devastates portions of Nelson County, August 19 – 20, 1969

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In 1969, one of the most devastating hurricanes slammed into the Gulf Coast as a Category 5. That is a storm that many won’t forget – Hurricane Camille.

The destruction and loss of life along the shores of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida was historic as the Cat 5 made landfall in the United States.

But the horrifying impact was not limited to the coast.

This event was only beginning as Camille moved north through Mississippi, Tennessee, Kentucky and eventually into Virginia, where one Central Virginia county saw devastating impacts.

Here is a meteorological reconstruction of the storm that took over 150 lives in the early-morning hours of Aug. 20 in 1969.

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