Imagine what it was like surviving hurricanes when their was no warning system [film and photographs]

(Hurricane season is upon us. Imagine not having a warning system like we do today.  This film remind are a good reminder why we should pay heed to all weather warnings.)

In the 1930’s, several hurricanes hit the East Coast of America causing devastating damage.

Seven Superstorms of the Northeast: And Other Blizzards, Hurricanes & Tempests

In 1937, the Ohio River flooded in late January and February 1937, created damage all along the Ohio River and several smaller tributaries from Pittsburgh, Illinois, to Cairo, Illinois. The flood left close to one million people homeless, 385 dead, and $50,000,000 worth of damage.

The Los Angeles Flood of 1938 occurred from late February to early March 1938, causing the Los Angeles River and the Santa Ana River to overflow, and $40,000,000 worth of damage and 115 lives were lost.

Action needed to warn citizens

These natural disaster events in the United States prompted action and a way to forecast potential flooding to citizens.  The telephone company tried to help warn of floods with the invention below, but I wonder how effective it was.  It seems very primitive today.

emergency weather - potomac

Note with Photograph

April 9, 1938 – Weather Bureau observers stationed along the principal rivers of the United States soon will be able to follow the rise and fall of nearby river merely by picking up a telephone and dialing a given number. Preliminary trials for the last few months here show that a new automatic sound river gauge effectively and economically supplies the facts weathermen need in forecasting floods and supplying other information on river conditions for many interests.

More weather bureau stations will install the new gages as fast as possible. (1)A river gauge on the Potomac River in the Capitol, where formerly a U.S. Weather Bureau Scientist had to go to this gauge box to take a reading on the river’s height, all he has to do now is to pick up his telephone, dial the number of Potomac River, listen for a gong, then a buzz and at last another buzz, and then he will know whether the river is rising or falling.

Did you know that a hurricane around the 1660s almost wiped out the colonial settlement on the Eastern Shore of Delaware, Maryland and Virginia? Read about it in the historical novel Faith and Courage: A Novel of Colonial America (Tapestry of Love) (Volume 2)

About Donna R Causey

Donna R. Causey, resident of Alabama, was a teacher in the public school system for twenty years. When she retired, Donna found time to focus on her lifetime passion for historical writing. She cohost the Podcast: Alabama Grist Mill and developed the websites www.alabamapioneers and

All her books can be purchased at and Barnes & Noble.

She has authored numerous genealogy books.
RIBBON OF LOVE: A Novel Of Colonial America (TAPESTRY OF LOVE)
is her first novel in the Tapestry of Love about her family where she uses actual characters, facts, dates and places to create a story about life as it might have happened in colonial Virginia. Faith and Courage: Tapestry of Love (Volume 2)
is the second book and the third FreeHearts: A Novel of Colonial America (Book 3 in the Tapestry of Love Series)
Discordance: The Cottinghams (Volume 1)
is the continuation of the story. .

For a complete list of books, visit Donna R Causey

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