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VT Watchman & State Gazette 11/28/1826

Hurricane

 

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Vermont Watchman & State Gazette 11-28-1826 

Salisbury, (N. C.) Oct. 30

DESTRUCTIVE HURRICANE.--One of the most tremendous , awful and destructive hurricanes, of which we have any record, passed through the country about 25 miles above here, in nearly an east direction, on Friday evening, the 20th inst. the current of wind was only about 100 years in width. In its course it swept every thing from the ground; such was its resistless fury, that the sturdiest oaks, and the heaviest rocks, were torn from the earth, and blown off like feathers before an ordinary wind. This is extravagant language, we know but is no more so than the reality will bear us out in using. The forest where the hurricane passed, was levelled with the ground! Presenting the appearance of a meadow of luxuriant grass, with a single swath moved through the centre of it. Wherever it passed a plantation, it totally annihilated every things in its course. The greatest sufferer we have heard of , is Samuel Jones, Esq. (Late Sheriff of this county.) The hurricane unfortunately passed directly over the most valuable improvements on his plantation near the Yadkin River, about 24 miles from this; and it left desolation and death in its wake. His large dwelling, the kitchens, smoke houses, negro houses, and great number of other out-houses, with all their contents, were entirely swept from the ground where they stood, and blown off into thousands of atoms, and scattered over the country for miles around. Two negroes were killed, and another not expected to live. Fortunately a number of negroes, on hearing the coming of the wind, ran into a large barn, which was but little injured, the current of wind passing east of it. On the N. E. Side of the river, the hurricane in it course passed directly over the farm of Mr. Jacob Hoover; swept away all its buildings, and every thing in them; and killed his daughter, aged about 11 years. WE have not learned the whole extent of the hurricane.

To give some idea of the tremendous force of the wind, we can state, on the best authority, that large timbers, 12 inches square, and 20 or 30 feet long, were carried two and three miles; some of the wearing apparel from Mr. Jones' house, was found lodged 6 or 7 miles from there; knives and forks were blown two or three miles, and some of them stuck fast in trees at that distance, &c, &c. We could name hundred of other instances, seemingly as improbable as the above, which are vouched for in a way that will not admit a doubt as to their correctness.

It is almost impossible to estimate the loss Mr. Jones has suffered; it cannot be less than $2000.--Carolinian.

Copyright Clayton Betzing, 2001

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