Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi Hurricane, Aug 1860

Three hurricanes hit the southeastern coast of Louisiana in 1860. August 8-16, the first hurricane of the season, number 1, formed in the Gulf of Mexico west of Tampa, Florida. It headed west and after passing the mouth of the Mississippi River, it made a large U turn, crossed the Louisiana coast near the Lafourche, St. Charles and Plaquemines parishes, turned east along the southern shore of Lake Ponchartrain, crossed Mississippi, Alabama, Florida and Georgia then headed out into the Atlantic Ocean. This was a category 3 hurricane.


This is a series of newspaper articles transcribed from the Daily Picayune, describing the damage caused by these storms.