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Atchison, KS Storm, Jun 1882

The storm this morning, which raged from a little after midnight until 1 o'clock, was the severest in a great many years. The electrical phenomena was particularly appalling, and the thunder incessant and deafening. The wind seems to have operated in spots, tearing down great trees in one place, and perfectly harmless in another. In North Atchison a frame house was twisted to pieces, but a loose frame shed behind it, where the carpenters were working, was not disturbed. The people were very generally frightened, and many of them retreated to their cellars, where they waited in terror until the storm abated

A frame house being built by A. J. Howe, on North Third street, was blown down last night.

A frame house lately built on C. E. Styles' property on north Second street, and which was occupied by a negro family of eight, was picked up by the storm last night and carried a distance of eight feet. No one was injured.

During the crashing thunder of last night, a great many penitent sinners no doubt resolved to join the church to-morrow if they came out alive, but the fair weather of this morning will cause them to forget. The attendance at the churches to-morrow will no doubt be a light as usual.

The lightning played queer pranks with the telephones during the storm of last night. A gentleman informs us that the wires seemed to bring the electricity into his house, and explosions of thunder and flashes of lightning took place in the room where the telephone was located. We have heard of no cases of "burning out."

The captain of the government boat Mclusina, which laid up in Atchison last night, says that before the storm of wind commenced there was a remarkable commotion in the water, the swells raising his boat four and five feet high. This was during the calm before the storm, and he regards the phenomenon as the most remarkable in his experience.

This morning the lightning struck the house belonging to J. H. Berlin, and occupied jointly by him and C. W. Dickinson. There was no great damage done, the lightning striking near the flue, setting the soot on fire, and then passing down and tearing off some of the weather boarding. Mr. Dickinson and his wife were within about ten feet of where it struck, and were somewhat shocked, and say it had a very queer smell.

The Globe, Atchison, KS 17 Jun 1882



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