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New Jersey Storm

January 3, 1914

GALE SWEEPS JERSEY COAST
Extensive Damage is Done by Terific (sic) Storm
ATLANTIC WHIPPED INTO RAGING MASS
Wireless Stations Alert for Distress Calls

Bulkheads All the (sic) Along Coast Are Washed Out and Waters Make Great Inroads – Repair Work Since Last Week’s Storm is Destroyed. Cottages Washed Away – Lifesavers Patrol Shore.

New York, Jan 3. –
A terrific gale, sweeping along the New Jersey coast today, caused floods which did extensive damage.

At Seabright, New Jersey, the Octagon hotel was partially destroyed by the high tide, and a number of cottages, inhabited by fishermen, were washed away.

A tidal wave flooded the peninsula lying between the ocean beach and the Shrewsbury river.

Members of the Seabright fire department, headed by Mayor George W. Elliott, worked all night to check the inroads of the flood and to save the abutments along the shore.

The wind increased in volume and life-savers constantly patrolled the New Jersey coast from Sandy Hook to Barnegat, keeping a sharp lookout for ships in distress. At Sandy Hook, the wind attained a velocity of more than eighty miles an hour.

Bulkheads Washed Out.


At a number of points, bulkheads built along the coast to protect the homes of summer residents were washed out. At some places the waves were fifteen to twenty feet high.

Wireless stations along the coast were on the alert for distress calls and were in constant communication with the life-saving stations.

Among the fine summer homes along the coast either damaged, or threatened with damage from the gale and high seas were those owned by General A. H. Cales of the Missouri Pacific Railroad; Washington E. Connor, broker for George J. Gould; Nelson K. Cromer; W. Harrison Rhodes; J. M. Cornell; J. A. Scrimser; J. B. Hoyt; C. D. Halsey and other rich men.

The storm, which gathered off the coast of Georgia, went out to sea then doubled on its tracks and struck New York and New Jersey as a “nor’easter.”

The bulkheads about Seabright had been strained and, in some instances, washed out by the storm of last week and all the repair work that had been accomplished in the meantime was washed away.

High waves, dashed up by the terrific wind, also flooded parts of Rockaway, Far Rockaway, Edgemere and Arverne, on the Long Island coast.

At Rockaway, families living on the beach were driven from their homes and bulkheads were washed away. Waves ten feet high swept the streets.

The Marion Daily Star, Marion, OH 3 Jan 1914

Transcribed by Cheryl.  Thank you, Cheryl!

       

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