50th Anniversary of Hurricane Hazel
Fifty years ago today, on Oct. 15, 1954, Hurricane Hazel made landfall in South Carolina. If you're old enough to remember it, leave a "comment" below and share your recollections.
The storm's center tore inland from Myrtle Beach, passing to the west of Baltimore and driving a storm surge up the bay that triggered flooding much like that delivered by Isabel in September 2003. The Baltimore Evening Sun reported the next day that eight people had died in Maryland, with scores injured in what it described as "one of the most severe storms ever to lash the state." Tides rose 7 feet above normal, swamping bayside homes and islands. Winds in Baltimore reached 73, with gusts to 84 mph. Trees toppled. Eastern Shore boats, barns, piers, coops and fishing shacks took a beating. Phones and power went out, and trains were stopped by landslides. Ninety-five people died in the storm's path from South Carolina to Canada. For a detailed storm summary, click here, and scroll down to No. 7.