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North Carolina Disasters

Tragic Accidents & Deaths


More North Carolina Disasters

:: Mecklenburg, NC Earthquake, Aug 1866 (part of the Charleston, SC Earthquake
:: Altapass, NC Explosion, May 1907 
:: Norwood, NC Fire, Apr 1904
:: Washington, NC Fire, Jul 1911 
:: Asheville, NC Flood 1916
:: Burlington, NC Flood
:: Fayetteville, NC Flood, Aug 1908
:: Haw River Flood, Mar 1912
:: Carolina Hurricane, Sept 1874
:: Cape Lookout, NC Hurricane 1933
:: Long Island Express Hurricane 1938
:: Great Hurricane Sept 1944
:: Morehead City, NC Hurricane Barbara Aug 1953
:: Cape Hattaras Hurricane Carol Aug 1954
:: Hurricane Edna Sept 1954
:: Hurricane Hazel Oct 1954
:: Hurricane Connie Aug 1955
:: Hurricane Diane Aug 1955
:: Hurricane Ione Sept 1955
:: Hurricane Helene Sept 1958
Mining Disasters
:: Coal Glenn, NC Coal Mining Catastrophe, May 1925
:: Wilmington, NC Storm, Sept 1906  
:: Wise, NC Tornado 1931
Train Wrecks
:: Bostons Bridge, NC Train Wreck, Sept 1891
:: Hamlet, NC Train Wreck, Jul 1906
:: Hamlet, NC Train Wreck, Jul 1911
:: Haw River, NC Train Wreck
:: Huntersville, NC Train Wreck, Jul 1917
:: Lumberton, NC Train Wreck, Dec 1943
:: Salisbury, NC Train Wreck, Aug 1884
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Welcome to GenDisasters, a look back at the events that touched our ancestor's lives - tornadoes, fires, floods, hurricanes, train wrecks, mine explosions, and tragic accidents that became a part of history and our genealogy.


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