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Thank you very much for you last answer.

If you could assist in one last question.

Someone living on the coast in Louisiana during Hurricane Camille (cat. 5) did not experience major impact and there was no flooding. This is because of the fact that the winds were blowing from the north during the storm.  

Why did the wind direction dictate whether the hurricane impact was severe or miner in this particular case?

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Hi Kim

Typically the winds are lighter on the west side of the storm than on the east. Also, if there were an orographic feature blocking the wind that was blowing from the north. Also, water levels would be lower on the west side due to the wind flow from the north pushing the waves away from the coast  

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