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Old 10-16-2015, 06:55 PM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry, NC
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Our State magazine has a new article covering the effects of Hurricane Hazel in Brunswick County on October 15, 1954. It's striking to see the boats swept onto the streets:

Hurricane Hazel
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Old 10-16-2015, 08:08 PM
 
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Thank you for posting this so near the anniversary of that epic storm.
My family is from the (GTA) Greater Toronto Area and i remember, as a child, them talking of that storm.

Who would ever imagine hurricane devastation so far from the ocean?
Hurricane Hazel - in the GTA.


As a child, I dismissed their stories to exaggerated "old folk" tales.

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Old 10-16-2015, 09:04 PM
 
Location: Edina, MN, USA
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I just read the story - wow - Dear Mother Nature - no more of that!
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Old 10-17-2015, 03:48 AM
 
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Great read. I was 2 years old in Newport News VA at the time. Of course I don't remember much at that age but "Hazel" has been part of my vocabulary my entire life, the weather event that all others are compared to.

Now I live at Hazel ground zero, 12 feet above sea level. We just went through 13 inches of rain coupled with that October, full moon, high tide. I worried with standing water and isolated flooding in the area. It was nothing compared to Hazel where all the barrier islands were underwater. Simply unbelievable.
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Old 10-17-2015, 06:10 PM
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I was two years old and my family was down for the week at Ocean Drive Beach in South Carolina. I have heard the Hurricane Hazel evacuation story a thousand times.

My mom was a pretty active photographer, and she had lots of pre storm, evacuation, and post storm pictures.

The big story are the Red Shoes. In the haste to evacuate the beach rental, my mom left a pair of red shoes on the wooden steps of the house.

When they returned, after Hazel had passed, amongst the destruction and general mayhem, the pair of red shoes remained on the steps just where my mom had left them.
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Old 10-17-2015, 07:30 PM
 
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Thanks for the article it was definitely an interesting part of history.
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Old 10-20-2015, 03:27 PM
 
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1954 was a terrible year for US strikes......3 majors..........Carol and Edna battered New England and Hazel.........NC and onward.
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Old 10-24-2015, 11:06 AM
 
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Hazel destroyed Carolina Beach and that's when NC residents started going to Myrtle Beach, OD, etc.

I was in the bus station in Fayettville when it hit.
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