A Look Back At The Ash Wednesday Storm of 1962
From March 6th through 8th, 1962, one of the most destructive storms to hit the mid-Atlantic states cut a path of destruction from North Carolina to Connecticut.
It was one of the ten worst storms in the US in the 20th century, lasting for three days, killing 40 people and injuring over 1,000, and causing hundreds of millions in property damage across six states.
Atlantic City saw part of the Steel Pier ripped away. Avalon, New Jersey lost 6 blocks. Long Beach Island was cut through in several places. The decommissioned destroyer Monssen was washed ashore near Beach Haven. An estimated 45,000 homes were destroyed or greatly damaged.
This home-movie footage shows just some of the damage that occurred when the storm landed on LBI.
That footage is intense, and definitely reminds me of some of what we saw immediately after Superstorm Sandy. Houses knocked off foundations, beaches totally eroded, sand piled up in random places. Obviously LBI was less populated in 1962 than it was in 2012 so the damage doesn't seem as severe, but it's still crazy to see.
Do you have memories of the "Great Atlantic Storm of 1962"? We'd love to hear your stories, see your pictures or videos, feel free to share them with us.
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