STORM ANSWER - Posted by Wayne-NC
Posted by Wayne-NC on March 18, 2006 at 06:55:09:
To those who may want this, first the question again.
What was the most “distructive” (not “expensive” due to inflated RE values) storm to hit the east coast in the last 50 years and when? Then some technicalities were brought up looking for a clarification-“assume that destruction is a function of power, duration and the fetch of a storm. Distruction creates disruption of just about everything which may include everything…” Notice in the question that “hurricane” was never mentioned and not every severe storm has a name? Maybe this is not fair to those that don’t live in the north east but winter time storms along the NE coast spin opposite of hurricanes and they are called North Easters or Nor’easters for short. Although not as powerful, the duration and fetch (size) can be tremendous. They typically last 3 days on average. A hurricane will come and go in 8 hours which is maybe one high tide for the beach front. The 3 day nor’easter will have 6 and that is where the real damage occurs. Now when you couple that with hurricane intensity, you get the Great March Storm of 1962! This storm was finally given a name and called the Ash Wednesday Storm. Navy ships were washed ashore in NJ. Yes, it was more widespread than the other named storm, the Perfect Storm. Notice the snowstorm associated with it as mentioned in one article. Read on: The Great Ash Wednesday Storm
“One of the worst, and still a benchmark against which other storms are measured, was “the great Ash Wednesday storm,” a giant northeaster that raged along one thousand miles of the Atlantic coast from March 5 to 8, 1962. The storm struck at the perigean spring tide, when the tides rise highest, and howled through five high tide cycles… with waves as much as thirty feet high.” -excerpt from the book, Against the Tide: The Battle for America’s Beaches, by Cornelia Dean, Columbia University Press, 1999, pg. 145
"…the Ash Wednesday Storm of 1962, a major winter storm known as a Nor’easter, was one of the most destructive storms to ever hit the United States’ Atlantic seaboard, killing 40 people and doing $1.3 billion in damage in six states?" From a blog.
And a link: http://www.answers.com/main/ntquery;jsessionid=15p6hppm47j0j?tname=ash-wednesday-storm-of-1962&curtab=2222_1&hl=ash&hl=wednesday&sbid=lc06b
I was a young boy watching the boardwalk wash down the street to the bay in Lavallette, NJ.
Conclusion: Real estate investors, beware of one of these!