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Pompeii was destroyed by a volcano in 79 AD 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 12 million acres of timberland and left 1182 people dead and in 1883 the Krakatoa Volcano erupted sending tsunamis crashing into Indonesia killing more than 36000 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 natures 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 Racers 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 20 - 30 billion dollars in damages made it the most costly disaster in the history of the nation at that time
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