Pat Shingleton: "Camille, The Charter Oak and 500 Light Bulbs"
The National Hurricane Center in Miami predicts that no tropical storm development is expected for the next five days so let's rewind to August 20, 1969. Flooding rains from the remanants of Hurricane Camille caused flooding and mudslides in the James and York River basins in Virginia. Rainfall totals were 31 inches with 109 fatalities. On August 21, 1856, the 200 year-old majestic white oak tree in Hartford, CT, known as The Charter Oak was destroyed by a fierce wind storm. The tree was used to hide the Charter from King James II in 1687. On August 21, 1984 a late afternoon thunderstorm hit Pueblo, Colorado, closing the state fair for one day. Golf ball size hail popped 500 light bulbs on a carnival ride with 9 injuries and $40 million in damage.