The Big Differences"
between Hurricane Camille and Hurricane Katrina will follow the
Similarities between both storms.
(1) They both made landfall
on or near the Mississippi Gulf Coast during the month of August.
Camille in August of 1969 and Katrina in August of 2005.
(2) They both made landfall
at and around 12:00 on the clock. Camille made landfall at and
around midnight between August 17th and 18th. Katrina made landfall
at and around noon on August 29th.
(3) Camille ran
across the water and the land, both before and after landfall
at about 20 mph. On the other hand, Katrina tiptoed
across the water and the land, both before and after landfall,
at somewhere between 5 and 10 miles per hour.
(4) Hurricane Camille made landfall
as a "Category 5" Hurricane. However, Hurricane Camille,
because of it's wind speed, actually made landfall as a category
higher than Category 5...but there are no categories higher than
Category 5 even today. Hurricane Katrina made landfall as a Category
(5) Hurricane Camilles
maximum winds reported prior to landfall were about 170 mph.
But the actual wind speed may never be known because all of the
wind speed instruments on buoys offshore and along the coastline
were destroyed. However, over 200 mph winds were reported from
instruments further inland, and a pressure reading from a ship
offshore equated to about 220 mph. Hurricane Katrina had a maximum
circulating wind speed of about 120 mph at landfall.
Post-Tropical Cyclone Report for Hurricane Katrina Sustained
and Peak winds: Mississippi...Pascagoula...Sustained 44 mph Peak
51 mph...Biloxi/Keesler AFB Sustained 60 mph Peak 98 mph...Gulfport...Sustained
46 mph Peak 104 mph McComb Sustained 48 mph Peak 64 mph
Louisiana...Slidell Sustained 37 mph Pea 51 mph...Boothville
Sustained 30 mph Peak 45 mph...New Orleans Lakefront Airport
Sustained 70 mph Peak 86 mph Baton Rouge Sustained 45 mph
peak 50 mph. Mississippi Emergency Operations Centers peak wind
gusts before wind equipment was blown down...Pascagoula 124 mph...Poplarville
(6) Hurricane Camilles
eye, at landfall, had a small diameter of somewhere between 10
and 15 miles. Hurricane Katrinas eye, at landfall, had
a diameter of somewhere between 25 and 30 miles. Generally, the
smaller the diameter of a Hurricane, the lower the Central Pressure
and the higher the circulating wind speeds. Larger diameter storms
have a higher Central Pressure and lower circulating wind speeds.
(7) The high water level
on landfall for Hurricane Camille, combining the wind driven
waves and storm surge, was about 28 to 30 feet. The high water
level on landfall for Hurricane Katrina, combining the wind driven
waves and storm surge, was somewhat higher due to the slower
movement of the storm. This caused the water level of Katrina
to rise further, before the winds reversed direction and forced
the water level to recede. However, due to storm-driven debrie,
forced upward into rivers and creeks, the water took much more
time to recede to normal.
(8) The loss of life because
of Hurricane Camille was about 250 persons. The loss of life
in Mississippi because of Hurricane Katrina was about 150. The
actual number of people killed by both Hurricanes
may never be known because many may have been permanently buried
under debris or washed out to sea.
Post-Tropical Cyclone Report for Hurricane Katrina On
October 20th 2005...the death toll stood at 1,053 in Louisiana
and 228 in Mississippi. The figures likely include direct and
(9) Because of Hurricane
Camille, about 5,000 homes were totally destroyed and 40,000
were heavily damaged. Because of Hurricane Katrina, about 20,000
homes were totally destroyed and 100,000 were heavily damaged.
(10) The destruction, in
dollars, caused by Hurricane Camille was, adjusted for inflation,
$8,790,000,000 or nearly 9 billion dollars. The destruction,
in dollars, caused by Hurricane Katrina has yet to be determined.
It will be published here when it becomes available.
This concludes the similarities
between Hurricane Camille and Hurricane Katrina.
Post-Tropical Cyclone Report for Hurricane Katrina February
17th 2006 Insured property losses estimated as follows...Louisiana
22.6 Billion Dollars...Mississippi 9.8 Billion Dollars. Dollar
estimates do not include losses covered by the Federal Flood