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On This Day In Weather History - August 17


1956   A severe thunderstorm just before sunrise produced a wind gust to 115 mph at the Fairfax tower in eastern Kansas City, KS.


1915   Galveston was again struck by a major hurricane, but the outcome was far different from the 1900 disaster, thanks to the city's new seawall.

1969   Hurricane Camille smashed into the Mississippi coast near Pass Christian. Winds gusted to 190 mph near Bay Saint Louis, MS. The hurricane claimed 256 lives and caused $1.3 billion damage. Several ocean-going ships were carried over 7 miles inland by the hurricane. The hurricane produced winds to 200 mph, and a storm surge of 24.6 feet.