NY, RI, CT, MA Hurricane CAROL Hits New England, Sep 1954
HURRICANE ROARS ACROSS LONG ISLAND.
FIVE KILLED BY STORM IN NEW ENGLAND.
At least five persons were killed today as Hurricane Carol swept across the heavily populated center of Long Island ans smashed into southern New England.
FOur bodies were washed up on Oakland Beach, Warwick, R. I., shortly after the storm center passed. A businessman was blown to his death by a 70-mile-an-hour gust in Worcester, Mass., from a 10-story downtown building.
Providence, R. I., was flooded when the storm struck at high tide. Water pushed into the downtown area to within two feet of the level reached in the disastrous hurricane of 1938.
Thousands of workers were marooned in downtown Providence office buildings when the water submerged buses and cars in the area.
Damage was estimated in the millions of dollars. All power and telephone communications were cut off to the flooded area.
A 250 foot section of the WBZ-TV tower in Boston fell across the left wing of the station. The building was evacuated.
At New Bedford, Mass., high tides flooded a power station cutting off all electric current to the city.
An estimated 200,000 homes and businesses in Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx and Long Island were without power. Toppling trees blacked out electric lines in Southampton, at the island's southeastern tip, and in parts of Staten Island and Westchester County whipped by the western fringes of the gale.
The winds hit south shore beach communities about 6 a.m. EDT. The Weather Bureau reported the storm center passed over that area at 8:30 a.m. and was moving northward toward Connecticut across Long Island Sound.
The Boston Weather Bureau advised immediate evacuation of coastal areas in Narraganset Bay, Buzzards Bay and the Cape Cod areas. Hurricane warnings were ordered out from Block Island to Portland, Maine.
A state emergency was declared at New London, Conn., where power lines were blown down and residents were warned to remain indoors. At 9 a.m. the Coast Guard at New London reported it was no longer able to operate its boats on the tossing sound. Submarines at the U. S. submarine base were submerged to avoid the heavy waves.
Pleasure loats broke from their moorings and piled laong the Long Island and Connecticut shores. Beach homes were flooded by pounding waves and rain.
Downed trees, wires and swinging signs cluttered roadways throughout Central Long Island. Nassau County ppolice warned motorists off some hazardous roads.
At Mitchell Air Force base on Long Island aircraft factories, planes were tied down and flying operations were suspended well in advance of the storm. Idlewild and LaGuardia airports, on the edge of the gale, reported some flights were diverted to other airports.
THe weather bureau said the storm center passed over Long Island between Hempstead and Westhampton after 8:30 a.m. Gusts of 90 miles an hour were reported at the Republican Aviation plant at Farmingdale.
The Shinnecock Coast GUard station at Hampton Bays on the Long Island south shore reported that many residents had vacated summer homes along the shore and headed inland.
Coney Island took the outer edge of the storm without serious damage.
Moved Up Coast.
The storm hit the North Carolina coast last night with winds up to 100 miles an hour, leaving flooded areas, downed power lines and broken fishing piers, but apparently no loss of life.
It moved north at almost unprecedented speed, 30 to 40 miles per hour. Its "hurricane characteristics" diminished but it still packed winds of 75 miles per hour or more, full hurricane force, in a small area.
At the height of the storm at 9:15 a.m. 13 intrepid sightseers boarded the Statue of Liberty ferry. They debarded at the statue after a wild 45-minute trip that normally takes 15. Waves were breaking over the dock an hour before high tide.
Storm-wary New Englanders battened down and the Weather Bureau forecast winds of 50 to 60 miles an hour until late afternoon.
Acting Mayor RICHARD J. DUGGAN, concurred with HENKLE in issuing the state of emergency order. At New London, Conn., it was the first time such a step had been taken since the disastrous hurricane of 1938 which took 82 lives and caused $100,000,000 damage in Connecticut alone.
Submarines at the U.S. submarine base were submerged to ride out the storm, which was expected to bring winds up to 60 miles an hour. Other craft were moved out into harbors and their lines were doubled.
Four thousand campers at Hammonassett State Park, on the shore at Madison, were ordered evacuated from their tents to recreation buildings there. Similar orders went out to 500 tenters at the Rocky Neck State Park in East Lyme.
State Police and other authorities relayed the storm warning to coastal residents. Owners of small boats were told to remain in port and those on larger craft were cautioned to keep a wary eye on the gale.
The Times Record Troy New York 1954-08-31