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45th anniversary: Bill Elder reports on 1969's Hurricane Camille

  // Sunday, 17 August 2014 11:23 //

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More than 35 years before a hurricane named Katrina - Camille was the name that people along the Mississippi Gulf Coast feared. Sunday marks the 45th anniversary of that devastating storm. We look back now, through the eyes of former Channel 4 anchor Bill Elder, who died in 2003. He covered Camille in 1969 and remembered it for the 30th anniversary in 1999.

During the nighttime hours of August 17, 1969, people who lived along the Mississippi coast and in south Louisiana did the best they could to get ready for one of the fiercest storms in modern history.

As dawn broke on the Mississippi coast, the world was stunned at what it saw. Camille's 210 mile per hour winds and 20 foot seas caused massive destruction that people have spent decades trying to describe.

“This scene on the Mississippi Gulf Coast is almost like an endless nightmare, almost like an endless one act play with a macabre ending,” is how Elder reported it at the time.

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