Hurricanes and Storms

Hurricane of 1938 Was Devastating: Storm Obliterated Menemsha

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.

Fiercest August Storm for Fifty Years Sweeps Over Vineyard

The terrific north-easterly storm which swept the eastern Massachusetts coast on Tuesday was felt with unusual severity on the Vineyard.

The Line Gale, or What?

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.

A Terrific Storm Sweeps the Coast, Causing Many Wrecks and Loss of Life

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.

Water Spout off Oak Bluffs

On Wednesday, the 19th about 1 o'clock p.m., there appeared over the waters of the sound, a wonderful phenomenon, such as only occurs but once in a life time, indeed, one may cross the ocean many times and not witness anything to compare with this. We refer to three water spouts, the second and grandest of which, we shall try to describe.

A Terrific Storm

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.

Vineyard Gales and Storms

Rev, Joseph Thaxter, in some notes, speaks of a great gale and rain storm Aug.

The Storm: Destruction by Land and Sea

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.

Surf at South Beach

The storm of Monday was not very severe here. The surf at South Beach however, came up higher on the Plain than it was ever known to before by some two hundred feet. Quite a number of cranberry bogs around the Great Pond were completely submerged, materially damaging the fruit.

The Great Gale

Wednesday, September 8th, will ever be memorable from the fact of the furious gale of wind which raged in this section of the country. In fact, the newspapers all agree that it was the most fearful “blow-out” old Boreas has had since the historic September gale of 1815; and they all with one accord, express the hope that our land may never again be visited with such another powerful manifestation of strength and fury of the elements.
 

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