Pompeii was destroyed by a volcano in 79 A.D, on February 7 , in 1812 the New Madrid earthquake caused the illusion that made people think the Mississippi River flowed backward for a few hours , on March 18, 1925, 685 people were killed by a tornado that went through the upper and central Midwest , and on October 8, 1871, the Peshtigo, Wisconsin forest fire destroyed 1.2 million acres of timberland and left 1,182 people dead , and in 1883 the Krakatoa Volcano erupted sending tsunamis crashing into Indonesia killing more than 36,000 . All of these are reminders of the awesome power of nature, and the ability it has to surprise each and every one of us. In South Louisiana we have to deal with another of nature's patterns, and that is hurricanes. One need only look through back issues of newspapers or talk to life long residents to know the fear that a major hurricane can bring.
Some of the more deadly in the past were Hurricane Camille, Hurricane Betsy, Hurricane Andrew, the Cheniere Caminanda Hurricane, the Isle Dernieres Hurricane, and the Racer's Storm. In all, Louisiana has been hit directly by more than 25 hurricanes.
Deadly Hurricanes that hit the South and Where the Word Hurricane Comes From
September 1965 saw Hurricane Betsy coming across the Gulf Coast. She was a Category 2 hurricane bringing with her came 10-foot storm surges, 105 mile per hour (mph) winds, and was the first storm in United States history to cause more than $1 billion in damages . Hurricane Camille came a shore in 1969 with winds in excess of 200 mph, 20-foot tidal surges, and was a Category 5 storm . Hurricane Andrew rocked Florida in 1992 had winds clocked at over 160 miles per hour. The...