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On this date in 1915, a hurricane hit Galveston, Texas, and claimed 275 lives. Wind gusts up to 120 mph were accompanied by a 12-foot storm surge.

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On this date in 1969, Hurricane Camille pummeled the Mississippi coast. Winds exceeding 190 mph were recorded at Bay St. Louis. The storm killed 256 and caused more than a billion dollars in damage.

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