See the article in its original context from. Hurricane Donna blasted Naples on Sept. 10, 1960, and the Category 4 storm has been called one of the worst storms to ever hit Naples. Following Hurricane Donna in 1960, significant hurricanes did not affect Connecticut until Hurricane Gloria came along in 1985. The water and wind rushed into the dining room at the Naples Beach Hotel, and sucked the tables and chairs into the Gulf. Calling for help: Florida senators call for help for the Bahamas after Hurricane … Damage from Donna was most severe in coastal counties, where numerous boats, docks, boardwalks, and cottages were damaged or destroyed. State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory. At the time, Triumph church met in a small, wooden hut in McDonald's Quarters, a neighborhood of shacks in River Park. Donna was one of the most destructive hurricanes to affect Florida in modern times. like the generosity that followed after the storm ? I think people realized that it was going to be a severe storm, but the community was different and the people were different. It was a beautiful day," Smith said of the day she left town. 1950–1979. Over $900 million in damage was done (1960 USD). Hurricane Donna blasted Naples on Sept. 10, 1960, and the Category 4 storm has been called one of … "(Leaving) wasn't really encouraged by the media and the authorities. The worst previous hurricane to hit the New York City area was Donna, which struck the East Coast on Sept. 19, 1960, killing 36 persons and causing an estimated $100 million in property damage. Hurricane Donna, hurricanes, storm damage; Posted July 31, 2008 4:55 p.m. EDT Updated September 14, 2018 7:39 p.m. EDT Raleigh, N.C. … ul.searchbrowse li a {color:#676767; text-decoration:none; } ... Damage caused by … PHOTO: State of Florida archives. Hurricane Hazel plowed into the U.S. mainland near Myrtle Beach, S.C. on October 15th and left a trail of damage on its way north towards heavily populated cities of the Eastern seaboard. Hurricane Donna Photos By Jerry Wilkinson- Hurricane Donna was a category 4 hurricane comparable to Hurricane Andrew in 1992. Phone: 239-263-4785. The most severe damage from the storm remains in Louisiana and eastern Texas, where Hurricane Laura made landfall and ravaged the coasts. Smith said her husband made a commitment to feed the hordes of insurance adjusters that descended on Naples after the storm. See more ideas about hurricane donna, hurricane, green pond. Riptide Brewing toasts Naples Zoo panther with UNO Ale, Capt. #searchlist h2 a {color:#222; text-decoration:none; } To preserve these articles as they originally appeared, The Times does not alter, edit or update them. The worst previous hurricane to hit the New York City area was Donna, which struck the East Coast on Sept. 19, 1960, killing 36 persons and causing an estimated $100 million in property damage. Now, he goes to a shelter. Smith may have missed the worst of the storm, but she was back in time to see the aftermath. He had family and friends here, and had just built a new house in the Moorings, an upcoming community in the northern part of the city. That meant Pfaff, who weeks earlier left his job as a news director to join the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce, once again put on his newsman hat to spread the word that Naples residents were safe. Windows broke, palms snapped and water and sand rushed into rooms near the shore. news@naplesnews.com You had to look at both sides of this crazy coin.". Contributor(s) Daily Reflector (Greenville, N.C.) Date September 12, 1960 - September 13, 1960: Call Number "You can do nothing about the wind or the water.". "It came into the courthouse about a foot. "The water came up around 5 feet in Everglades," he said. "Here we stayed ... the longest day of our lives," she said. Hurricane Donna was a very destructive hurricane that caused extensive damage from the Lesser Antilles to New England. "It was fascinating to me to see the camaraderie, the congeniality and the loving togetherness," she said. But staying meant limited access to the news and the outside world _ the office Pfaff had worked in flooded during the storm and the radio station didn't get back on the airwaves for days after Hurricane Donna. "I don't remember a whole lot of anxiety of leaving in the face of the storm," said Pfaff, a former news director at WNOG radio station. Hurricane Donna caused a storm surge of up to 4 m (13 ft) in the Florida Keys, 3.4 m (11 ft) along the SW coast of Florida, 1.8–2.4 m (4-8 ft) in North Carolina, and a 1.5-3 m (5-10 ft) surge along the New England coast. When the eye came through, they looked outside and all seemed calm. Through the night they listed to WNOG, Wonderful Naples on the Gulf, for constant updates. 1960 – Hurricane Donna, winds 100 mph in Ocean City, two deaths 1961 – Hurricane Esther, winds 45 mph in Ocean City. Historical photos taken in and about Naples, Florida and of the Naples Beach Hotel showing the aftermath of Hurricane Donna 50 years ago today. Her boys, ages 7 and 9, crowded onto her lap in fear and a friend's daughter hid in the closet. Fifty years later, Reynolds still vividly remembers those days leading up to, and following, Hurricane Donna, but said she tries to remember the positives ? "After, I looked to see what it had done and what had blown down, and nothing happened to the little huts in McDonald Quarters," he said. Reynolds said the roof on the Koni Kai began coming off, and the group packed their belongings and went to a lower floor. 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