Various Towns, ME Tornadoes Sweep Maine, May 1921
MAINE CITIES SWEPT BY FIERCE TORNADO.
IT CUTS PATH THROUGH WATERVILLE AND VICINITY AND DOES MUCH DAMAGE.
PORTLAND ALSO SUFFERS.
PIER SHED IS THROWN INTO WATER BY HIGH WIND AND A YOUTH IS DROWNED.
Waterville, Me., May 22 -- A tornado which cut a wide swath through this city and vicinity today caused damage estimated at several thousand dollars. Many telegraph and telephone poles were snapped off and communication with outside points was cut off for several hours.
The electric lighting and trolley car services were put out of commission. Huge trees were uprooted or broken off near the ground, blocking several streets and in numerous instances smashing the roofs of buildings against which they fell.
Two or three small buildings were blown down, as well as many fences, several chimneys and two steeple points of the First Baptist Church. A sleeping porch was lifted from a dwelling, blown over the house and landed on a lawn on the opposite side of the street. Awnings were stripped and many of their iron frames broken in two and several plate glass windows on Main Street in the business district were broken.
So far as could be learned tonight no one was seriously injured.
When the storm had passed, large forces of men were put to work clearing the streets and restoring wire facilities.
Portland, Me., May 22. -- The freight and passenger shed of the Casco Bay Steamship Company at Doughty's Landing, Long Island, was lifted from the pier into the water by a severe wind storm today. Four persons were thrown into the water, and EARAL LAMOINE, 17 years old, was drowned. The others were saved.
The storm did much damage to fruit trees and buildings in this vicinity. The false brick front of a hotel was flown over and broke in the tops of three automobiles, but the only person hit by the debris was not seriously hurt. Big elm trees were blown over in all parts of the city.
The plazza of a hotel on Peaks Island was taken off and chimneys and trees were blown down there.
At Scarboro a barn was torn to pieces.
Searsport, Me., May 22. -- A wind of terrific force that lasted only a short time performed wild capers here today, demolishing three dwellings, hurling the tower of the American Chemical Company factory into Penobscot Bay and seriously impairing communication service.
The Summer Home of L. C. HAVENER of Worcester, Mass., was left a mass of debris. The wind ripped off the roof of a Main Street block and deposited it in the back yard. One man and a girl were slightly injured by flying debris.
The New York Times New York 1921-05-23