Re: Predictions are useful
>Camille in 1969 made it almost to Tennessee as a hurricane after coming ashore at the Alabama coast as a Cat 5.
Slight correction is in order - the eye for Camille passed over Pass Christian, MS. Katrina made landfall in the same area roughly 30-years later. Both Camille and Katrina touched the coast of Alabama and the Florida Panhandle hard, Bay St. Louis and Pass Christian took the full force.
Fun facts about Camille that rarely get mentioned
At Woodstock, The Band was finishing its set as Camille came ashore.
The official peak wind speed is 200mph, although some reports have it as "in excess of 200mph." The anemometers only went to 200mph, and they were destroyed in the landfall area.
The path took it through Kentucky, West Virginia, and Virginia. It entered the Atlantic Ocean and started to strengthen. It almost regained hurricane status.
Although Camille is classified as a Category 5 Hurricane, the Saffir–Simpson scale did not exist at the time.
Related to predicting hurricane strength, the local meteorologists still would be unable to forecast Camille, 50-years after the fact. Not even if Nash Roberts was whispering in their ear and they could use the interwebs.