The material on this site may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or otherwise used, except with the prior written permission of Advance Local. Hurricane Connie was a Category 4 hurricane that contributed to significant flooding across the eastern United States in August 1955, just days before Hurricane Diane affected the same general area. It wasn't until the next day that those living in the area would know the full extent of damage, but it remains one of the most remembered and talked-about events of the area. Hurricane Diane in 1955 dumped more than 10 inches of rain in eastern Pennsylvania, Aug. 18-19. Related: Superstorm Sandy was second costliest storm ever in U.S. By the evening of Aug. 18, 1955, the Delaware and Lehigh rivers and surrounding tributaries had about all they could take and started to spill. Hurricane Diane was one of three hurricanes to hit the North Carolina coast during the 1955 Atlantic hurricane season. Hurricane Diane, which grazed Massachusetts as it traveled east along the coast in August 1955, nevertheless produced more rain in one day than any other storm in this region. For nearly 24 hours strong convergence setup across Connecticut with deep tropical moisture advecting northward from Diane. Category 2 hurricanes Connie and Diane teamed up to cause massive flooding in Central Massachusetts and northeast Connecticut in 1955. Water reached, Corporation parking lot near the bridge and they had to, be pushed or pulled out of the lot. m_gallery_blog_id = "4424"; m_gallery_creation_date = "Friday, August 14, 2015, 1:52 PM"; Connie formed on August 3 from a tropical wave in the eastern Atlantic Ocean. Do you have a story to tell? Tragically, Diane also caused 77 deaths and $110 million in damage in Massachusetts. Hurricane Diane followed just behind Hurricane Connie, becoming the second hurricane of the 1955 North Atlantic Hurricane Season. Flies, August 24 – Ike Calls on Russians to End Subversive Activities, August 27 – Use 2000 Tons of Material to Fill Hopedale Gap, By the end of August there continued to be articles and many pictures of the flood in the, The flood of August 18-23, 1955, was caused by Hurricanes Connie and Diane, which, apart; the result was loss of life and extensive property damage from, Hurricane Connie ended what had been an extended, dry spell. Some years ago, I was driving through town and as I drove past the public library, I saw an incredible sight! Connie and Diane, 1955 In August of 1955 two hurricanes hit Massachusetts just a few days apart and brought a huge amount of rain with them. The flood that everyone knows as “the” flood came from Hurricane Diane, which arrived at Westfield on the heels of six to eight inches from Hurricane Connie. A, people died in Connecticut, including 29 in Waterbury. The 1955 Atlantic hurricane season was, at the time, the costliest season ever recorded, just ahead of the previous year. m_gallery = "devastation_of_diane"; THE FLOODS OF HURRICANE CONNIE AND DIANE Winsted, Connecticut after the flood In little over a week, two hurricanes passed by Southern New England in August 1955 producing major flooding over much of the region. The extreme rainfall produced by Diane caused widespread flooding across portions of New England. August 20 – Floods Still Wreak Havoc in Milford; Many Rescued by Boat – Power, August 20 – Cottage, Store, Mill Washed Out As Hopedale Dam Breaks, August 23 – President Seeks $75 Million for Relief of Flood Disaster in N.E. Hurricane track ----t-140° 100 Miles Figure 1.--Map of the area of severe flooding August 18-19,showing tracks of the August hurricanes, Connie and Diane. Seven people died in, Damage totaled more than $800 million, which translates to about $5 billion in today's, The massive flooding prompted the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to build a series of, in central Massachusetts to keep a similar occurrence from happening in, Diane’s damage in dollars: (first number, 1955 dollars; second, 2005 dollars), Area deaths: Charlton, 5; Worcester, 1; Blackstone, 1, Flood pictures from Uxbridge, Northbridge, Millbury, and Milford, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hurricane_Diane. Your support helps us cover the local news. Do you recognize some of the landmarks and people in the photographs? Storms in the 1940s. The hurricane season officially began on June 15, 1955, and ended on November 15, 1955. In little over a week, two hurricanes passed by Southern New England in August 1955 producing major flooding over much of the region. And although many other storms have affected the region since then, none have had the lasting memories or the size of Diane. The 1955 flood was the result of Hurricane Connie, followed by the rainy remains of Hurricane Diane. Strong, sustained winds swept through Rhode Island and the eastern parts of Massachusetts and Connecticut, killing dozens and destroying buildings, … Other bodies of water like the Brodhead, Bushkill, Pocono, Sciota and McMichaels creeks overflowed with destructive waters and took with them bridges, roads, trees, houses and anything else in their path. m_gallery_json = "https://blog.lehighvalleylive.com/photogallery/4424/18543401.json"; They have always blamed it all on Diane, but the flood of 1955 was really a tale of two storms. The first named hurricane in this collection is Hurricane Edna from 1954 and the last one is Hurricane Katrina from 2005. Hurricanes Connie and Diane gave the state a double wallop in August 1955, causing 70 deaths, thousands of injuries, and hundreds of millions in property damage. It is still one of the most damaging storms to hit the region. The devastating flood, caused by Hurricane Diane’s march up the East Coast on Aug. 19 and 20, 1955, crushed riverside communities such as New Hope and Lambertville that line the Delaware. Here’s the story of the resulting flood, taken from several, August 11, 1955 – Hurricane Danger Over – Threat to This Area Gone Says, August 12 – New England Hurricane Alert Resumed, August 13 – Storm Course Shifts; Gusts Expected Here, August 15 – Polio Outbreak in Milford Area, The headline story was about polio – Another front page article, August 17 – Hurricane Rams North Carolina, August 19 - $2 Million Damage in Flood, Hundreds Homeless in Milford – Rainfall, inches – State of Emergency Declared by Selectmen – Worst. Before either made its way up the coast, Brown said the Springfield newspapers were talking of drought. Here’s the story of the resulting flood, taken from several The flooding was caused by Hurricane Diane, which grazed Massachusetts as it traveled east along the coast in August 1955. They have always blamed it all on Diane, but the flood of 1955 was really a tale of two storms. The system began as a tropical wave over the Atlantic Ocean, which developed into a tropical depression on August 7, 1955. Hurricane Diane in 1955 dumped more than 10 inches of rain in eastern Pennsylvania, Aug. 18-19. The free bridge between Easton and Phillipsburg was broken in two when debris racing down the Delaware River proved too much for the structure to withstand. Between 1950 and 2012, the maximum rainfall to hit Massachusetts was Tropical Storm Diane in 1955, which dropped 19.75 inches of rain in the state, according to the National Weather Service. But the biggest loss was lives that were swept away -- 70 in total, at least locally. Bands of heavy rain and wind reached southern New England and damages totaled nearly $86 million. Subscribe to lehighvalleylive.com ». First came Connie, which formed as a tropical storm on Aug. 3, 1955, and developed into a hurricane by Aug. 5. It moved quickly west-northwestward, strengthening into a hurricane … KJ Frantz may be reached at kjfrantz@lehighvalleylive.com. Hurricane Diane was one of three hurricanes to hit North Carolina during the 1955 Atlantic hurricane season, striking an Diane came just days after Hurricane Connie on … She gave the Lehigh Valley a much-needed soaking - it had been a dry, hot summer up until then -- but no flooding occurred. Marjorie Ashe Sears, 88, July 2, 2008, Columbus, North Carolina. Find lehighvalleylive.com on Facebook. The hurricane lost intensity as it passed over northern New England, but by the time the storm reached Canada around 11 p.m. it was still powerful enough to cause widespread damage. In Monroe County alone, 20 bridges were destroyed. was blocked and the Spindleville Mill dam overflowed. Hurricane Diane was the costliest Atlantic hurricane of its time, causing $813.7 million in damage. A streamline analysis of Hurricane Diane in the August 1955 Monthly Weather Review shows a stalled out front across Connecticut between 0730 EST August 18, 1955 and 0730 EST August 19, 1955 out ahead of Diane’s circulation. Diane first reached tropical storm intensity late on 9 August 1955, while it was still a few hundred miles northeast of the Leeward Islands. Wikipedia. Connecticut got hit the hardest. For people living along the Delaware River, 1955 has become the measuring stick  for flooding and property damage. Draper. Near Torrington, Conn., a weather station recorded 16.86 inches of rain within 24 hours, the highest in the state’s history. In August of 1955 two hurricanes hit Massachusetts just a few days apart and brought a, rain with them. GENERAL FEATURES OF THE FLOODS The Storms As the summer of 1955 progressed, it was marked by above-average temperatures and by the lack of rain­ fall. Hurricane Carol, one of the worst to hit New England, was so ferocious the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration retired the name for a decade after it struck in 1954. Connecticut lost 77 people of the 180 people kille… The Express published a book called "Diane Drowns Delaware Valley" shortly after. Flood, increased by these dam failures, are the maximum known peak discharges along, Blackstone River. Robert P Congdon, 89, July 2, 2008, Mendon, HHS 1935. Moving west-northwest, the depression became Tropical Storm … In Massachusetts, this flood caused 12 deaths and damage of, In mid-August 1955, Hurricane Diane made landfall on the southeast coast of North. FITCHBURG SENTINEL, Fitchburg, Massachusetts, August 15, 1955 This 14 page newspaper has a 3 column headline on the front page: "Hurricane Diane Spins Toward Mainland" with subhead. © 2020 Advance Local Media LLC. m_gallery_permalink = "http://photos.lehighvalleylive.com/4424/gallery/devastation_of_diane/index.html"; Thirty-seven of those fatalities came at a camp about five miles north of East Stroudsburg, Pa., when the Brodhead Creek released what eyewitnesses described as a "40-foot wall of water.". Included in the collection are un-named hurricanes from 1938 and 1947, before the hurricanes began to be named in 1950. In Hopedale, the pond overflowed and the Hope Street Bridge was declared unsafe. “A Decade of Disasters And A Retailing Revolution.” Providence Journal. [nb 1] The inclusion of loss of business and personal revenue increased the total to over $1 billion. But as Diane powered up the coast, the warm waters of the Atlantic provided the fuel for record rainfalls in our area and north. Hurricane Diane brought 19.75 inches of rain to Massachusetts, and that won this storm the award of “wettest storm” to ever hit the state. This storm was, followed by rainfall of from 2 to 19 inches from Hurricane, Flood stages were increased because of the failures of dams. One of three hurricanes to hit North Carolina during the 1955 Atlantic hurricane season, it formed on August 7 from a tropical … She churned up the East Coast, slamming into North Carolina and continuing north. m_gallery_title = "Devastation of Diane a look back"; m_gallery_type = "photo"; Gallery: Devastation of Diane a look back. Although we no longer have books available, we did manage to dig up a lot of the photographs that were featured in the book. How to Locate Issues of Hurricane Reports. It has since been reprinted a few times, and to this day, we receive requests for it. The mark of 43.7 feet at Easton remains untouched even though the area has been hit by several storms since then. Image of flood damage to railroad tracks, Derby - Archives & Special Collections of the University of Connecticut Libraries, and Connecticut History … The first storm, Alice, had persisted since December … Other photographs in the gallery above came from our archives. In Easton, damage was estimated at more than $10 million. When Hurricane Connie added six to eight … Diane came just days after Hurricane … Note to readers: if you purchase something through one of our affiliate links we may earn a commission. m_gallery_pagetype = "embed"; Streets in Hopedale washed out were Driftway, Cook Street and near Spindleville Pond. Formed Aug. 7, Diane followed a similar path, also pounding North Carolina. An edition of the Morning Call from August 19, 1955, detailing the flooding caused by Hurricane Diane. It was an extremely active season in terms of ACE with 199, but slightly above average in terms of tropical storms, with 13 recorded tropical cyclones. Overview Hurricane Diane was one of three hurricanes to hit the North Carolina coast during the 1955 Atlantic hurricane season (Figure 1). As much as 19, Massachusetts and northeast Connecticut setting rivers on a, England communities including Southbridge, Diane killed about 200 people during its trip along the east coast, mostly from flooding. All rights reserved (About Us). The official 24-hour rainfall record for the state of Massachusetts is 18.15 inches observed at Westfield, MA (Hampden County) on August 18-19, 1955 was a result of Hurricane Diane. Gloria reached Category 4 status on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale near the Bahamas, but weakened significantly by the time it made landfall on North … m_gallery_id = "18543401"; All of the photos below show the flood damage in Spindleville. Developing off the Cape Verde Islands on September 4, this storm took an unusual track over the Gulf Stream, maintaining its strength over these warm waters until it crashed into Long Island on September 21. RELATED: Poll: Will we see another 1955 flood in our lifetimes? Southeastern New York state, bordering on Pennsylvania, was inundated and children from a number of summer camps were evacuated to higher ground. The 1955 flood was arguably Connecticut’s greatest natural disaster in modern times. Diane quickly weakened after striking the North Carolina coast, moved north and, the heaviest rain ever recorded in New England. Diane split the state in two as it swept away bridges and severed communications. The most damaging floods occurred from the Blackstone River west to, York state line. In August 1955, Hurricanes Connie and Diane delivered a one-two punch on New England. (see) Other news of the day throughout. 110-114.Preliminary Report of Hurricane Diane And Floods in the … During August 11-16, total rainfall, ranged from 2 to 9 inches. Today marks 60 years since the start of Diane's fury -- a storm that would leave a lasting impression on the greater Lehigh Valley. Registration on or use of this site constitutes acceptance of our User Agreement, Privacy Policy and Cookie Statement, and Your California Privacy Rights (each updated 1/1/20). It hit North Carolina on August 13, 1955 as a Category 2 hurricane. Moving in a west-northwest motion, the depression became Tropical Storm Diane … Poll: Will we see another 1955 flood in our lifetimes. It cost nearly 86,000 Connecticut workers their jobs. Hurricane Connie produced generally 4-6 inches of rainfall over southern New England on August 11 and 12. Hurricanes Connie and Diane (1955) Hurricane Connie formed on August 3, 1955 starting as a tropical storm. Undoubtedly, the Massachusetts hurricane of the century was the Great New England Hurricane of 1938. Here's a bit on it from Wi k ipedia. Follow lehighvalleylive.com on Twitter @lehighvalley. By the time she hit land on Aug. 17 at Wilmington, N.C., just five days after Connie had struck the same area, she had weakened. a week after Hurricane Connie brought heavy rain to New England. The system began as a tropical wave over the Atlantic Ocean, which developed into a tropical depression on August 7, 1955. Community Rules apply to all content you upload or otherwise submit to this site. Hurricane Diane August 17-19, 1955 Born in the tropical Atlantic, this storm reached Category 3 status, as it followed the path of Hurricane Connie of 5 … While Pennsylvania was hardest hit by what was left by Hurricane DIANE, there were floods throughout a wide area of the northeast United States. 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