Remembering Hurricane Carol
Did you witness Hurricane Carol in 1954? Tell me about it! And if you have a picture you're willing to share, that's all the better. I'd love to hear from you and I'll add what you have to say to our "Your Views" page. So if you have something to share, please:
Send me email, Greg Stone
This was a real nice shock - the Providence Journal called for what I assumed was a few paragraphs in a general story about Hurricane Carol. Instead it turned out to be a story devoted to this Web site and it ran on Page 1 on the 50th anniversary of the Hurricane.
They did an excellent job and the result was a real surge of hits on the Web site and many new stories from people about their own experiences. (What I like most about this was I didn't promote the Web site to them - they discovered the web site on their own and contacted me. )if you have a problem getting to it, try here.
In 1954 I was 13 and the most exciting thing to happen was Hurricane Carol. I took pictures during the storm and after the storm, made them into sets, and sold them to neighbors. Here are the pictures and my memories along with those of family and friends. Greg Stone 1>
Johnny Guitar - clowning for the camera
Johnny Guitar - aka Jon Rohde. For those of you who are not students of film history, "Johnny Guitar" was the name of a pretty terrible Western movie of this era. The only thing I liked about it was the title, and that's all I can think of when I see this picture - that and how blissfully ignorant and wonderfully lucky we were.
I had survived a terrible storm while doing several pretty stupid things, not the least of which was simply being out in it where you could get hit by flying debris. I hope no young person takes this as a model of how to behave. We all do stupid things and most of us survive them, but it's not a good idea to tempt the gods. To the extent my actions were foolish,they were foolish out of ignorance, not bravado.
Of course the power was out all over town for more than a week and this caused all sorts of unanticipated problems. Don, for instance, got a break from sawing up downed trees for the town. Instead he drew the duty of going with some other town workers to the Hood ice cream plant in West Barrington where they loaded up a town truck with ice cream and delivered it to people for free - afterall, it was just going to melt. So after the storm, the ice cream - things could be worse!Hope you enjoyed this little excursion into the past. On the next page are some useful links about hurricanes and related matters. Remember you can go to Shutterfly to order prints if you like, and don't be silent. If you've read this, you undoubtedly have noticed that I have questions about many things and I may have reported other things in error. If you know more - or know better - give a shout. The best way to reach me is by email - firstname.lastname@example.org.