Norfolk, VA Storm and Lightning, Jun 1911

Life Lost in Norfolk.

Norfolk, Va., June 12 – From 4 o'clock this afternoon until 9 tonight Norfolk experienced its worst electrical storm in two years. Hundreds of telephones were put out of commission, trolley cars were tied up for an hour and a half the electric power houses were rendered helpless to furnish lights to the city for nearly two hours, several houses were struck by lightning, and at least one life was lost. The various fire companies answered seven alarms during the storm.
The new high school was struck by lightning but was not seriously damaged. There were a number of students in the building at the time, and the crash caused considerable excitement, but no one was injured.
CASEY'S broom factory, in Highland avenue, was struck by lightning and partly destroyed.
A small boat in which a negro man and his small son were fishing, was capsized by the storm this afternoon. The boy was drowned. Two men are reported to have been drowned in Hampton Roads when their boat capsized.
Seven electric train on the Norfolk and Southern were rendered helpless during the storm their controllers burning out.
More than an inch of rain fell, and it is said that this was worth half a million dollars to farmers in Norfolk and Princess Anne counties.

The Washington Post District of Columbia 1911-06-13