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A Terrifying, Deadly Storm Struck Virginia In 1969… And No One Saw It Coming

The year was 1969. The Atlantic hurricane season was in full force, and Virginia was unknowingly about to experience one of its deadliest storms to date: Hurricane Camille. On August 14th, a tropical storm formed, just scraping the western edge of Cuba and then rapidly growing into one of the deadliest hurricanes in history. By the time the storm reached the Gulf Shore, it had attained category 5 status. Most expected the storm to lose momentum after having passed the Appalachian range; however, it created unforeseen damage in Virginia. None could have anticipated the amount of rainfall and flooding that was about to hit.

This video provides in-depth coverage of Camille’s effect on Virginia.

Although Hurricane Camille happened over 45 years ago, many who were effected by the storm remember the tragic event like it happened just yesterday. If you were in Virginia during this time, what do you remember most about the storm?

Beth
Beth is a musician and freelance writer from Richmond, Virginia.