8.31.13 Anniversary of Carol

8.31.13 Anniversary of Carol

Today marks the anniversary of Hurricane Carol in New England.
On August 31, 1954, New England was bracing for a major hurricane.

Hurricane Carol slammed into Southern New England after tracking up the Eastern Seaboard. The storm was the most destructive to hit New England since the 'Long Island Express' in 1938.

Landfall occurred in Old Saybrook, Connecticut. The storm then tracked north into Massachusetts and New Hampshire. As is typical with hurricanes, the strongest winds occurred to the east of the center. Sustained winds reached 80-100 mph across Eastern Connecticut, Rhode Island, and much of Eastern Massachusetts. A gust to 125 MPH was recorded at Blue Hill Observatory in Milton, MA. On Block Island, Rhode Island a gust reached 135 mph. Scores of trees were downed, and power was cut to many. Some homes on the South Coast of New England were destroyed as the storm surge reached 10-15 ft. in spots.

Perhaps most remarkably, Hurricane Edna followed a very similar path just two weeks later. That storm slammed into Cape Cod as a category 3 storm on September 11.
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