Here we have compiled weather records for a number of hurricanes that have impacted Virginia over the past few decades. Jamestown saw 10,000 houses blown down and the storm washed away the foundation of Fort George at Old Point Comfort. A Williamsburg correspondent of the Virginia Gazette wrote, “The shocking accounts of damage done by the rains last week are numerous; most of the mill-dams are broke, the corn laid almost level with the ground, and fodder destroyed; many ships and other vessels drove ashore and damaged at Norfolk, Hampton, and York.” Sept. 14, 1769 indicated that torrential rains struck around 1 a.m. Damage was “inconceivable” and crops were destroyed.
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All the shipping and small vessels at Norfolk are aground, many of them dismantled; some of the wharves are gone, and others damaged.
A vessel from Norfolk, laden with coal for the city, was driven up to Jamestown and stove to pieces…” Sept.
The eye passed over Norfolk then moved northeast along the New Jersey coast onto Long Island.
Forrest wrote, “Many houses in Norfolk and Portsmouth were damaged – some unroofed and others entirely demolished. 18, 1879, “The Great Tempest”: A gale blew from the northeast for 24 hours before the winds shifted northwest and increased to 70 mph.
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8, 1846: A slow-moving hurricane piled water into the Pamlico and Albemarle sounds. High tides flooded the lower part of Norfolk and strong winds blew down telegraph lines and blew vessels from their moorings. 10-12, 1889: The hurricane moved north from Puerto Rico and stalled off the Virginia Capes for several days.
When the winds shifted, the water washed back over the barrier islands from the sound, forming Hatteras and Oregon inlets. 17, 1876: During the hurricane on this date, the average 5 minute wind speed at Cape Henry was 78 mph; 8.32 inches of rain fell. 12, 1878: A hurricane spawned several tornadoes in Virginia between 1 p.m. Tornadoes hit Dinwiddie County southeast of Petersburg, Ford’s Depot, Nottoway County near Burkeville and Goochland County near Dover Mills, making a 28-mile track. 22-23, 1878: The hurricane’s eye made landfall at Cape Fear, North Carolina, and moved north across Richmond and Washington, D. The force of the storm was felt along the coast from North Carolina to New York with high tides and heavy swells. 23, 1893: The average 5 minute wind speed at Cape Henry was 88 mph during this storm. 29, 1894: The 5 minute wind speed at Cape Henry was 80 mph during this storm; gusts went to 90 mph.
8, 1804: The storm track took the eye just west of Norfolk as it veered to the northeast.