A Terrific Storm Sweeps the Coast, Causing Many Wrecks and Loss of Life
Vineyard Gazette
Saturday night and most of Sunday the fiercest storm in many years prevailed over the northern and eastern part of the country. The damage by the storm will aggregate several millions of dollars along the entire New England coast, not to mention the loss inland. Sea-faring men declare that not in the last half century has there been a gale so severe to shipping interests as this.
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The Line Gale, or What?
Vineyard Gazette
The southerly gale of this morning developed between seven and eight o’clock at almost the proportions of a hurricane.
 
Fortunately for the harbor front the tide was not high, else much damage to piers, etc., might have resulted.
 
No damage of moment has been reported.
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A Terrific Storm
Vineyard Gazette

A TERRIFIC STORM - Sweeps over the Vineyard Wednesday morning - Wind and rain unlimited - Chimneys, trees and fences laid low - No serious damage to shipping in this vicinity - The hardest storm known for 50 years up-island - Dams and Bridges swept away, and the elements playing havoc all through the west end.

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The Storm: Destruction by Land and Sea
Vineyard Gazette
A storm, the like of which in this vicinity the oldest inhabitant fails to remember, visited the Island last Saturday afternoon, and raged with steadily increasing fury till far into the night. On the morning of Sunday the appearance of the town was as if a light tornado had passed over it. Large trees were uprooted, chimneys “razeed,” fences down everywhere, windows in some instances forced in, a few old buildings utterly demolished, and the streets strewn with green leaves and branches wrenched from the unyielding trees.
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Another Storm
Vineyard Gazette
We hardly need remind our readers of the gale which occurred on Saturday night last; it was palpable enough to fix itself in memory for some tine to come. It is only necessary for us to say that it has rarely, if ever, been surpassed in violence by any occurring: in this region.
 
In New York the storm was very severe - houses and churches were blown down, vessels were driven from their quays, the trees in the
streets, squares and parks were torn up by the roots, liberty poles, &c.
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Vineyard Gales and Storms
Vineyard Gazette
Rev, Joseph Thaxter, in some notes, speaks of a great gale and rain storm Aug.
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Hurricane of 1938 Was Devastating: Storm Obliterated Menemsha
Vineyard Gazette
Swept by a hurricane the velocity of which has been estimated at a hundred miles an hour at brief periods, and which surpassed anything of the sort that has ever struck the Island from a southerly point, Martha’s Vineyard presented a scene of disaster on Wednesday night. There was one death. Several persons were injured and the storm caused a loss of property that may easily total half a million dollars.
 
The total destruction of the Menemsha waterfront was the outstanding property damage of the storm.
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Damage in Millions; Worst Destruction Is Seen on Harborfront
W. C. Platt
The earliest hurricane in New England history roared up the East Coast Mon­day, plowing across Martha’s Vineyard with harbors full and seasonal popula­tion at its peak. Hurricane Bob lashed the Island with winds officially clocked at 98 miles per hour and reported in places as high as 110.
 
At 11 a.m. Monday the storm was building and there were squalls. Seasoned Islanders were convinced this was weather by noon as reports of 85 to 90-mile­per-hour winds began to spread. By 3 p.m.
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Distant Sandy Delivers Powerful Blast With Flooding, Erosion
Sara Brown and Remy Tumin
Hurricane Sandy, the historic storm that dealt a knockout blow to New York city and the New Jersey coast early this week spared the Vineyard for the most part. But while the center of the storm stayed hundreds of miles away, the Island experienced near-hurricane conditions throughout the day on Monday, including serious flooding and coastal erosion, forcing school closures, transportation shuts downs and a day indoors for most Islanders, often without power.
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