Synopsis by Cecilia Cygnar
This series from the History Channel explores some of the most dangerous and deadly natural disasters of all time, including this episode on these New England storms that can be even more deadly than hurricanes. Striking only during the winter months along the Atlantic coast, these northeastern storms can have up to 75-mile-per-hour winds and waves of 15 feet or more. They have covered entire towns along the coast in water and are much worse for boats that are caught in these storms while at sea. From the famous Portland Gale of 1898 in Maine to the "perfect storm" of 1991, these storms have been some of the most fierce and destructive in New England history. Experts David Ball and Fred Freitas, co-authors of Warnings Ignored, and John Galluzzo of the Lifesaving Museum in Hull, MA, all talk about the ravishing effect of these nor'easters. There are also accounts of Coast Guard rescuer David Moore and storm survivor Bonnie Kelley.
Coast-Guard, destruction, hurricane, natural-disaster, storm