The Great Lakes Hurricane

Clearly the fault of all those Model T Fords!

NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT

By Paul Homewood

On this day in 1913, the “Great Lakes Hurricane” hit Cleveland:

Cleveland Plain Dealer, November 11, 1913.

The immense storm that ravaged the Great Lakes in early November 1913 has been called the “Great Lakes Hurricane, “ the “Ultimate Storm, “ and the “Big Blow.” It was unmatched for early winter severity and is one of the greatest winter storms in Cleveland’s history. Twelve commercial lake boats were lost with their entire crews on the Great Lakes and at least 235 sailors perished. Freezing rain and wet snow coated telegraph, telephone, and electric wires early in the storm and lines, poles, and trees were toppled by winds over 40 mph. A one-minute average wind of 79 mph was recorded at Cleveland. Precipitation fell for two days giving 22.2 inches of snow at Cleveland. Elsewhere, snowfall was 18-25 inches in eastern Ohio.

Shortages of milk and food developed when products were stranded on trains…

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