When the Spanish first explored the Americas, they experienced ferocious storms and adopted the term that the natives also used, “hurakan.” They believed it represented the Great Spirit who commanded the east wind, sending great destruction while providing life-giving rain. As noted in a previous column, on Aug. 17, 1969, Hurricane Camille moved inland just west of Pass Christian, Miss. Wind speeds were clocked at 200 mph, at that time the strongest land-falling tropical cyclone worldwide and the only Atlantic hurricane of its kind until Hurricane Allen in 1980. The winds initiated a 24.6-foot storm surge, the highest hurricane tidal surge recorded in the United States. The Gulf Coast was leveled with 259 deaths, 8,900 injuries and $1.42 billion in damage. Fastcast: Afternoon showers?

Scattered showers after 1 p.m. Hot. High near 96. Heat index values as high as 106. Rain chance: 40 percent. Tonight: Isolated showers before 1 a.m. Low around 77. Calm wind. Rain chance: 20 percent.