Norwich, NY (vicinity) Thunder Storm, Aug 1825


The storm of the 9th was very destructive and in many places terrible. The Norwich (N.Y.) Advocate, in describing the storm in that village says:
"At length, about half past eight o'clock, one terrific and deafening crash, accompanied by a stroke of light that rivaled the noon of day ammounced that it had struck some building in the village. Immediately the cry of "Fire," was heard blending its thriling sound, with the discordant war of elements, when a large volume of flames rose amid the gloom fna confirmed our fears. On hastening to the spot of its destructive visitation, we found the barn of SAMUEL PIKE, Esq. wrapt in flames. One horse within, and two cows that were lying near the barn, were instantly killed; and it was entirely owning to the prompt and energetic measures of our citizens that the neighboring buildings were saved from destruction.
It appears that the lightning also took effect in three several places on the eastern half, opposite the village, spreading its desolating shafts among the trees of the forest. The editor adds: -- We are constantly hearing of fresh disasters from the nieghbouring towns of the country, occasioned by the rage of the storm, where barns with their entire contents of cattle, grain, &c. have been totally consumed."
On the night of the 13th, a barn the property of MR. HOLDEN CORNELL, in Camillus, Onondaga County, was struck by lightning and consumed together with its contents, consisting of hay, grain, &c. The loss is estimated at 1,000. The Madison County paper gives the following account of this storm in that county. A little before sun set a black and dense cloud was seen rapidly approaching from the west, which in a few minutes shut in the whole horizon. Presently a torrent of rain mingled with hail began to pour down upon us, attended with such tremendous peels of thunder, and vivid flashes of lightning, as we have rarely ever heard or seen. The storm continued with slight intermission, nearly through the night. During a great part of the time, the whole firmament seemed wrapt in a blaze, and the roar of the thunder was terrific. The oldest inhabitants among us do not recollect a thunder storm to compare with it, in extent, duration and violence. We have heard of its effects as far south as thirty miles -- southeast, forty five miles
-- and to the east about thirty miles; and thoughno human lives have been lost, that we have heard of, a number of cattle, horses, &c. were killed, and much property destroyed. In New Berlin two barns were burnt in this county.
In Georgetown, a new barn at M. CALVIN BLISS was burnt, which had just been filled with the produce of his own farm, and the wheat of about five acres belonging to MR. ALEXANDER M'ETWAIN. In Nelson an uninhabited house, of small value, was destroyed, and the dwelling house of MR. DANIEL SALISBURY considerably injured. The electric fluid descended by the chimney to the lower level and after tearing off the mantlepiece, diverged in every direction, tore the plastering from the walls, marred the furniture, killed the cat, and ran down into the cellar. In this village, a horse belonging to the REV. MR. BROWN, was killed, while feeding in a lot within about eight rods of his dwelling house. Long will the storm of the 13th August, 1825, be designated The Great Thunder Storm.

The Republican Compiler Gettysburg Pennsylvania 1825-09-07