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New York City, NY Lightning Storms, Aug 1905




By Associated Press.
New York, Aug. 13. -- Widespread damage was caused by a thunderstorm of unusual violence, accompanied by a high wind and a deluge of rain that burst over New York and vicinity today.
A boat house at the foot of One Hundred and Fifty-Second Street, in which a large number of persons had taken shelter, was struck by lightning and MISS JEANETTE FREER, aged 20 years, was killed. A dozen other persons were rendered unconscious but quickly recovered, sustaining no serious injuries.
A Webster Avenue trolley car carrying nearly a hundred passengers was struck, the lightning running down the trolley pole and grounding through the tracks. Although the car and its occupants were unscathed, a panic was precipitated among the passengers. Fourteen persons, almost all women, were injured in a frantic struggle to escape. Nine of them were severely hurt.
Many small boats were capsized in the harbor. The immigrant steamer John E. Moore effected several rescues.
Five hundred immigrants were in danger for an hour when two barges on which they were broke away from the dock at Ellis Island and were blown down the bay, pitching and rolling in the heavy seas. Three tugs grappled the barges and succeeded in holding them until the storm subsided.
One death and three cases of prostration resulted from the heat, which was intense before the storm broke.

Los Angeles Herald California 1905-08-14

article | by Dr. Radut