#8 Mississippi from The 10 Most Hurricane-Prone U.S. States

The 10 Most Hurricane-Prone U.S. States

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#8 Mississippi

With coastline on the Gulf of Mexico, this southern state has been vulnerable to major hurricanes throughout history. According to the NWS, Mississippi has suffered 15 direct hits, eight of which were considered major hurricanes and one of which was a Category 5 hurricane—the most severe rating. The Category 5 storm hit in 1969 and was called Camille, it’s described by the NWS as “the second most intense hurricane of record to hit the United States.” The NWS also notes that “the actual maximum sustained winds will never be known, as the hurricane destroyed all the wind-recording instruments in the landfall area.”

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