Fortunately most vacationers had left by the time Hurricane Hazel struck, but multiple buildings near Myrtle Beach were destroyed or damaged. While Florence originated on the west coast of Africa, Hazel came up from the Caribbean and moved much more quickly. The fierceness of the storm quickly became apparent as winds thrashing the sea, made the ocean appear as a continuing mass of whitecaps. One of the most significant tropical cyclones to affect the Chesapeake Bay region since Hurricane Hazel in 1954 and the Chesapeake –Potomac Hurricane of 1933. Where Nelson had parked his truck on the road, the water had eroded the gravel base and the soil underneath—our truck was sitting some 20 feet down in a great pit. After landfall it tracked inland, and battering winds cut a … Even though the hurricane was moving closer, Toronto residents were still not very concerned as weather reports had stated that most of it would break up as it passed over the Alleghney mountains lying below in West Virginia. We all grew up together, ran fires together.". Hazel was the only Category Four hurricane of the twentieth century to strike North Carolina. The effects of Hurricane Hazel in Canada included 81 deaths and C$137,552,400 ($1,299,967,047 in 2018) in damages. An upper level trough of low pressure over the Mississippi Valley turned the Hurricane north across the southeastern Bahamas. On October 5, 1954 a system of thunderstorms off the east coast of Africa, near Grenada gave birth to what was predicted to be “the most dangerous storm of the year” by chief forecaster, Grady Norton. Hurricane Hazel was the deadliest and costliest hurricane of the 1954 Atlantic hurricane season.The storm killed at least 400 people in Haiti before striking the United States near the border between North and South Carolina, as a Category 4 hurricane.After causing 95 fatalities in the US, Hazel struck Canada as an extratropical storm, raising the death toll by 81 people, mostly in Toronto. We decided then and there we were just going to have to wait it out. The boat wouldn't hold any more persons. "The boat shifted and Dianna and Bobby plunged screaming into the water. Similar to the projected path for Hurricane Florence, another Category 4 storm targeting the East Coast, Hazel went through the Carolinas and into central Virginia. "Directly behind the hotel was the Islington Golf Course. "The boat overturned and we plunged into the water up to our waists. The truck seemed more stable than the car carrying the extra man, so the men on the truck decided to pull Mercer to the truck through the water. Hurricane Hazel Hazel killed 95 people in October 1954. The houses had floated down from Raymore Drive, where so many had drowned. Boats were being prepared to remove people along eight streets in the northern section of town. Five firefighters from the Kingsway-Lambton Fire Station were killed when they went to rescue people stranded in a car by floodwaters on the Humber. Hurricane Hazel. This storm ended up being the deadliest and costliest hurricane of the 1954 hurricane season, and was the strongest and only Category 4 hurricane to ever hit the North Carolina coast. So we made it out to the truck in seven trips, and were taken into Bradford, where we stayed in the Bradford Town Hall. "At one time, we could have walked away from the truck, but we didn't think we were in any danger," Philips said. In the darkness, we could just see and hear the chief and others on the bank trying to help us. The huricane killed as many as 1,000 people in Haiti before striking the United States, where it killed 95 people, near the border between North and South Carolina, as a Category 4 hurricane. Having been drenched in rain during the days preceding Hazel, soils were already saturated with water preventing any of Hazel’s downpour from being absorbed. After punishing Haiti with mudslides that killed hundreds, Hazel edged northward, striking the Carolina coast as a ferocious category four. October 15, 1954 – Hurricane Hazel makes U.S. landfall; it is the only recorded Category 4 hurricane to strike as far north as North Carolina. "We kept the motor running as long as we could radio for help. This storm ended up being the deadliest and costliest hurricane of the 1954 hurricane season, and was the strongest and only Category 4 hurricane to ever hit the North Carolina coast. "It was so hard to believe that they were all gone. Hazel was the only category 4 hurricane to ever make landfall on the North Carolina coast. During the clean up after the flood, the truck was discovered a distance from where it was lost, and was very badly damaged. All Rights Reserved. Most of the Myrtle Beach buildings Hazel destroyed were small beach shacks, motels and family businesses. It was while playing winter-league ball in Venezuela in 1954 that Hazle first earned the nickname “Hurricane.” (That October the Category 4 Hurricane Hazel had struck the US coast near the border between North and South Carolina.) “For an entire generation here in our state, Hazel has always been the benchmark storm,” says Jay Barnes, a hurricane historian who has written about storms in North Carolina, where he lives. In 1954, Hurricane Hazel made landfall on the Carolina coast as a Category 4 storm; Hazel was blamed for some 1,000 deaths in the Caribbean, 95 in the U.S. and 81 in Canada. Hazel intensified to a Category 3 Hurricane on October 13th. Hurricane Hazel peaked as a Category 4 but relaxed to an extratropical Category 1 storm by the time it got to Canada. Its winds topped 140 miles per hour. On October 9, Hurricane Hazel took a deadly turn towards the Caribbean islands and crashed into Haiti on October 11 beginning its destruction on towns and crops, leaving hundreds dead. I shouted for help and several firemen threw a life line. Comparisons to Hurricane Hazel were discussed in the local media. "Five minutes later came another announcement that only boats of 20 horsepower would be needed. “The storm surge from Hazel was the largest ever in North Carolina, with an 18-foot rise in sea level at Calabash,” Barnes says. And that took it all the way into Canada by early the next morning.”. ", "Then this wall of water came from nowhere. "Until then, we had been too busy to really worry and then one of the younger ones asked if we were all going to die. However, loss of human and animal lives is minimal in the case of such storms. At this point it already had winds of 160 km/h. Roofs were gone and there were big holes in buildings' sides. Hurricane Hazel, the fourth major hurricane of 1954, hammers southern Ontario, Canada, on this day in 1954. Besides the drastic change in the Toronto landscape, the cost of the storm tallied $1 billion (in today’s currency), destroying 20 bridges and leaving 1868 families homeless. Isabel made landfall near Drum Point on the NC Outer Banks on the 18 th as a strong category 2 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 105 mph. We were two and half miles away from where we started, with lots of side trips that had often taken us near our original place. With 150 mile an hour winds, Hazel was the only Category 4 hurricane to hit the North Carolina coast in the 20 th century. They stayed behind. Mitchell hung the axe from the lost fire truck on his office wall. Hazel formed around Oct. 5, 1954, as a tropical cyclone, about 50 miles east of Grenada in the Windward Islands, according to the National Weather Service. There could be 3 to 6 major, Category 3 or greater hurricanes, with winds of 111 mph or more. Hazel made landfall, bringing with her an 18 foot storm surge and continuing to wreck havoc all over the east coast. I managed to get into only a slip and skirt, while Nelson got his hip-boots on and a jacket over his pajamas. When they began down the street, the pavement was dry, however, it soon rose to above the wheels. Somewhat luckily, Hazel hit the Carolinas’ popular beach destinations in October, when most vacationers weren’t there. We all—all 15 of us—would run from one side of the house to the other when it tilted, trying to balance it out. Hazel’s official 98 mph wind gust at 5:05 p.m. on Oct. 15, 1954 at National Airport, is still the highest ever recorded for Washington, D.C. Unlike Hazel, Florence made landfall as a Category 1 storm. Also unlike Hazel, it hung around -- … There was a slight wind and it was real dark as I reached the evacuation centre. Hazel turned north and accelerated on October 15, making landfall as a Category 4 hurricane near the North Carolina-South Carolina border. The storm killed at least 400 people in Haiti before striking the United States near the border between North & South Carolina, as a Category 4 hurricane. Hurricane hunters first identified Hazel on the afternoon of 5 October 1954, about 75 kilometres east of the island of Grenada in the West Indies. As the first (and so far) only recorded Category 4 storm to strike North Carolina, Hurricane Hazel also remains prominent in the record books as one of the region’s worst hurricanes in history. We were about 250 feet away, and the water was pretty wild and cold, but he made it. When the men in the truck decided to turn back, the car had stalled and the fire truck could not move it. Then one day, my brother was in Barrie, in Jack Oates' paint store, and he got talking about the wet weather and how it wasn't as bad as Hurricane Hazel, and one thing led to another and they found out that he, Jack Oates, was the man who had saved us.". Winds were estimated to have been as high as 150 miles … Palmateer said, "I threw the rope in and he (Mercer) grabbed it. The water was above the windows and the Radley family was sitting on furniture floating around the living room. On October 14 Hazel was crossing the lake and beginning to hammer Toronto and the surrounding cities with gales as high as 68 mph. Winds were estimated to have been as high as 150 miles … "We couldn't find the car or any people in trouble, so we started to turn around” says Britton. Fortunately for South Carolina, Fran's path curved to the right sparing the state a direct impact. Haiti’s mountainous terrain weakened the storm as it passed over, but Hazel regained her strength over the warm Caribbean waters on her flight towards the Carolinas. Hazel’s official 98 mph wind gust at 5:05 p.m. on Oct. 15, 1954 at National Airport, is still the highest ever recorded for Washington, D.C. My mother said that only one person knew that, the Lord, and we all knelt down and prayed—the Lord's Prayer. When Hurricane Hazel, a Category 4 storm, made landfall it took most of the Grand Strand with it. Hurricane Hazel was the worst hurricane of the 1954 Atlantic hurricane season and one of the worst hurricanes of the 20th century.Hazel killed as many as 1,000 people in Haiti before striking the United States just south of Wilmington, North Carolina as a Category 4 hurricane. © 2020 A&E Television Networks, LLC. Before my time, but I'm sure the locals have never forgotten. Hurricane Hazel -- Weston Golf Club.jpg 930 × 898; 56 KB Hurricane Hazel.jpg 526 × 495; 87 KB View of seas blown up during Hurricane Hazel in October 1954.jpg 5,695 × 4,559; 11.13 MB Hazel approached the coast as a Category 4 hurricane before making landfall near the North Carolina/South Carolina border, placing the eastern one-third of North Carolina in the dangerous right front quadrant of the storm. Hazel, the deadliest and costliest storm of the 1954 Atlantic hurricane season, reached Toronto, Ontarioby the evening of October 15, 1954. Over 3 million tones of rain had fallen but the storm did not die out until is had reached the shores of Hudson’s Bay and headed through northern Quebec to the Atlantic on October 18. "Then another man came along the rope in a canoe, which kept tipping, but he told us we'd be okay with the extra weight of two people in the canoe. And it was a good thing, too: “Almost every structure east of Ocean Boulevard in Myrtle Beach was destroyed or damaged,” reported South Carolina’s The State. The water was getting near the top of the car, so I had to pull. As it made its way over the Caribbean and ultimately Haiti, it claimed numerous lives as a quickly strengthening hurricane. Event Overview. The road was just a little bit damp near the falls, but there was quite a bit of water on the road a mile south of Dundas Street. After days of rainy weather, Toronto residents seemed to be unaware that the rain pouring down on them was part of a huge storm and that danger was headed their way. This hurricane was a fast mover and maintained high winds very far inland, at category 3 intensity on landfall. Hurricane Hazel was the deadliest, costliest, and most intense hurricane of the 1954 Atlantic hurricane season. The storm made landfall as a Category 4 hurricane on the North Carolina-South Carolina border, shown here. Hurricane Hazel was the deadliest and costliest hurricane of the 1954 Atlantic hurricane season.The storm killed at least 400 people in Haiti before striking the United States near the border between North and South Carolina, as a Category 4 hurricane.After causing 95 fatalities in the US, Hazel struck Canada as an extratropical storm, raising the death toll by 81 people, mostly in Toronto. Hurricane Hazel had managed to do the unthinkable. Hurricane Hazel made landfall near the North Carolina/South Carolina border on October 15, 1954 as a Category 4 hurricane with 130 mph winds, a … There was a terrific current. "On that night of terror and death, a radio news announcer, in a casual voice, mentioned that there was flooding on Toronto's west side, and that people who owned a motorboat could assist in the rescue operation. Three of the children became sea sick as the house 'bobbed like a cork'. He was washed away. "Our street was a circular one, with all new houses on it, and those homes that formed a circle in the centre became an island, trapping the families on the rooftops. We managed to get Mrs. Radley and the other children into another rescue boat and to dry land. In Woodbridge, a flooded trailer park left 20 dead and severely flooded the rest of the village. The marker reads, "Hurricane Hazel. The object ripped off the propeller and the engine stopped. See more ideas about hurricane hazel, hurricane, atlantic hurricane. The current became so strong that we were unable to turn the truck's wheels. Eight of us got on the truck and drove down there” reports Jim Britton years after the tragic event. In 1955, while playing 150 games for the Nashville Volunteers, Hazle batted .314. As the first (and so far) only recorded Category 4 storm to strike North Carolina, Hurricane Hazel also remains prominent in the record books as one of the region’s worst hurricanes in history. Power lines and poles could also be … The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale is a 1 to 5 rating based on a hurricane's sustained wind speed. The all-too familiar storm surge was 18 feet. Subsequent rapid motion over the next 12 hours took the storm from the coast across the eastern United States into southeastern Canada as it became extratropical. Hurricane Hazel swept the U.S. Eastern Seaboard in mid-October 1954, eventually landing in the record books as one of the most deadly and enduring hurricanes. The requests for help from boat owners, I have to say in hindsight, today seems rather comical. “Just about any major hurricane you can think of in the last 20 years, they’re multi-billion dollar disasters,” Barnes says. Then they formed together and started to wade out to us. Also unlike Hazel, it hung around -- … 65 years ago Tuesday, Hurricane Hazel was etched in North Carolina lore forever. One of my younger brothers, Bastian, actually got violently seasick.". 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