Disasters: The Raging Seas

It started peacefully with a scenic late winter snowfall. Maryland got up to 24 in., northern Virginia 22, Pennsylvania 19. But then a rare combination of three pressure areas formed a funnel down which winds spilled off the turbulent Atlantic Ocean at ever-increasing speed to strike the U.S. East Coast. Reinforcing the high tides of the new moon, 84-m.p.h. gusts generated waves 25 ft. high. For two days the water rolled over coastal barriers from Connecticut to North Carolina. When it receded, damage was estimated at $300 million.

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