Pat Shingleton: "Flooding and a Famous Tree..."
The Hurricane Center in Miami could be identifying a tropical depression today or tomorrow. Many of our readers will remember this date. On August 20, 1969, clean-up from Hurricane Camille was underway. The storm caused flooding and mudslides in the James and York River basins in Virginia. Rainfall totals were 31 inches with 109 fatalities. On October 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 hid the Charter from King James II in 1687. On August 12, 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.