Survey of Gulf Coast structural damage resulting from Hurricane Camille, August, 1969
Criswell, Marvin E.; Cummins, Reid S.
Technical reportAbstract: This report describes the damage to structures seen by an inspection team sent to the Mississippi and Louisiana Gulf Coast regions after Hurricane Camille, a very violent but relatively small tropical storm, came ashore west of Gulfport, Mississippi, late on 17 August 1969. Many photographs of the storm damage are included. Extensive damage resulted both from the unusually high winds accompanying Camille and from the extremely high tides coupled with wind-driven waves. Damage was greatest in low areas immediately adjacent to the coastline. Because of uncertainties of the material properties for the various buildings and particularly of the loading, the report presents mainly qualitative results. More ductile buildings, such as heavy wooden frame construction, appeared to have survived the storm best. The storm damage indicated a need for more lateral strength in buildings, especially masonry structures, and for more adequate design of connections and other details.
Weapons Effects Laboratory (U.S.)Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)
Hurricane Camille; Hurricane damage; Hurricanes; Structures
Technical report (U.S. Army Engineer Waterways Experiment Station) ; N-70-10.
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