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Howling, shrieking winds
thirty foot tsunami
swallowing the land...

Hurricane Camille
Biloxi/Gulfport/Bay St. Louis, MS
August 17-18, 1969
Deaths: 259
Tidal Surge: 28 ft.
Est. Wind speed: 225+MPH (The wind instruments were destroyed at 200 mph) Imagine an F-5 tornado reaching across most of the Mississippi Gulf Coast...Add a 28 ft. tidal wave to that and you can imagine the destructive force of Camille. Those who witnessed the aftermath of this storm said it looked like an atomic bomb had been dropped
Recommended reading: Accounts of the hurricane party at Richelieu Apartments in Pass Christian, MS

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  1. Date: 7/23/2013 5:20:00 AM
    Thats pretty deep man. I live in Calif and can only imagine the pain my family and friends would suffer, if that happened here. Good write, congrats to you.

  1. Date: 7/22/2013 11:22:00 PM
    wow, this is even better seeing it the second time. A really well deserved win. By the way, Tim. Did I ever tell you how much I loved your Cotton pickin' poem shown for Deb's Referential contest? I had wanted to do a pantoum based on it but then I realized the contest was for free verse only. But at last I used it in my recent post for the terza rima contest. I thought your description of cotton fields was so utterly beautiful.

  1. Date: 7/22/2013 6:38:00 PM
    Congrad's Cher Light & Love

  1. Date: 7/22/2013 6:25:00 PM
    thanks for the info on the hurricane. probably just one of many more to come. congrats on win. ran

  1. Date: 7/22/2013 11:28:00 AM
    Congrats Tim on your win in the contest.Good haiku here.

  1. Date: 7/22/2013 9:23:00 AM
    My husband's brother was witness to the aftermath of Camille......the pictures and his stories were unforgettable........I can't imagine it, being a California girl, what such an experience would be like....such terror...

  1. Date: 7/22/2013 6:29:00 AM
    Tim excellent write, congratulations on your outstanding win. Warm Smiles, Connie

  1. Date: 7/22/2013 6:00:00 AM
    Great work reminding us what destructive forces that nature can and does bring to our earth..Congrats on your great win..Sara

  1. Date: 7/22/2013 1:02:00 AM
    - A winning haiku, with great quality, Tim - CONGRATULATIONS! - oxox / / Anne-Lise :)

  1. Date: 7/21/2013 10:47:00 PM
    I can see why it won why top notch. Many congrats Tim.

  1. Date: 7/21/2013 9:24:00 PM
    Congratulations Tim...awesome job....still working on my Camille write..I think its going to be a short story! Haha

  1. Date: 7/21/2013 9:15:00 PM
    It's an honor to share the win with you, Tim. It's a fantastic haiku, and I love the documentation. Congratulations! Jack

  1. Date: 7/21/2013 7:52:00 PM
    hello Tim, my neighbor and friend. :-) thank you for the wonderful haiku. (epic and devastating imagery) It's a delight having you support my contest. If you have time please enjoy my latest blog titled "BEYOND SUFFERING" all my winners are announced in order. Goodnight ~ always & forever **LINDA**

  1. Date: 7/21/2013 7:52:00 PM
    this was my favorite out of all the haiku :p

  1. Date: 11/15/2012 3:47:00 PM
    Congrad's Cher. Light & Love

  1. Date: 11/12/2012 4:53:00 AM
    Congrats on your win!

  1. Date: 11/10/2012 6:20:00 PM
    Hello Tim, :-) CONGRATULATIONS!!! Enjoyed stopping by to read all the hurricane haiku... every winner on this list had a mind blowing image... take care~ Always* PD

  1. Date: 11/9/2012 10:40:00 AM
    Congrats Tim on the win!

  1. Date: 11/9/2012 7:31:00 AM
    Congratulations on your win in the Hurricane Haiku contest Tim. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 11/9/2012 2:25:00 AM
    Having read your Haiku.......... 200 MPH only ..... the Haiku is so much 'stronger' Many congrats. Ellie Daphne