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Mississippi Weather Nightmares Essay

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Mississippi history is a history in which weather has played a major role. Mississippi has prospered when the weather is cooperative. However, there have been key times when the weather has been most uncooperative and Mississippi has bared the brunt of destruction and damage. In recent history Mississippi has seen a major flood and two catastrophic hurricanes within 40 years of each other. Mississippi has also been affected by the great floods of 1927. Furthermore, Hurricane Camille in 1969 and hurricane Katrina in 2005 caused major damages in Mississippi especially in the gulf coast region. All three of these events led major damage to property and businesses in Mississippi.
The great flood of 1927 began with very heavy rains in the central basin of the Mississippi river in the summer of 1926. The flood affected Mississippi and several other states. Property, stock, and crop’s losses ...view middle of the document...

In Harrison court Mississippi, the area of absolute devastation was 68 square miles at a total cost of $1.42 billion. Whole areas of cities were wiped out not unlike Camille’s damage. On the day of September 1947, Hurricane Camille blew out all the electricity in some areas. Upon the arrival of Camille on the Mississippi Coastline, United states highway 90 flooded as it storm surge overtopped seawalls leaving the barge along the highway in Gulfpoint. Camille produced a 24 foot (7.3m) storm surge .The worst areas that were hit Clemont Harbor, lakeshore, Waveland, bay St Louis, Pass Christian, Long Beach, and the Beachfront of Gulfport, Mississippi city, and Bioloxi. The hurricane flattened almost all Mississippi’s Gulf Coast. Camille caused $950 million in Mississippi alone.
Hurricane Katrina in 2005 may not have been as powerful a storm as Camille, but it caused much more damage. Katrina's powerful right-front quadrant passed over the west and central Mississippi coast, causing a powerful 27-foot (8.2 m) storm surge, which penetrated 6 miles (10 km) inland in many areas and up to 12 miles (20 km) inland along bays and rivers; in some areas, the surge crossed Interstate 10 for several miles. Hurricane Katrina brought strong winds to Mississippi, which caused significant tree damage throughout the state. The highest unofficial reported wind gust recorded from Katrina was one of 135 mph (217 km/h) in Poplarville, in Pearl River County. In Mississippi close to 250 people died due to Katrina and its aftermath. The damage along the Gulf Coast was over $100 billion.
Weather has played a major role in Mississippi history. Three most notable occurrences of weather controlling parts of Mississippi life are the Great Flood of 1927, Hurricane Camille in 1969, and Hurricane Katrina in 2005. These have been catastrophic events in Mississippi’s past. Some areas are still rebuilding from these events and some areas have been lost forever. There has been significant ecological damage in the Gulf Coast Region. Still Mississippi continues to rebuild and pick itself up no matter what nature sends its way.

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