The February 1952 Tropical Storm


The following are headlines and stories taken from the February 4, 5, & 6, 1952, New York Times.

Monday, February 4, 1952

Ship With 26 Is Wrecked Off Carolina As Gale From Atlantic Sweeps Up Coast

MOREHEAD CITY, N.C., Monday, Feb. 4 (UP)-   A disabled freighter with twenty-six men aboard was driven aground off North Carolina's outer banks last night in the path of a freak off season "cyclonic storm" heading in from the Atlantic.
    The master of the 2,600-ton Midget radioed at 10 P.M. that all hands were abandoning ship, but sent word later that the crew was staying aboard.
    At midnight a Coast Guard plane sighted the Midget aground on marshy Portsmouth Island some forty miles northeast of here as the offshore storm neared Cape Hatteras with winds near hurricane force, severnty-five miles an hour.
    The Coast Guard said that the winds had reached gale force at the ship's position and the seas were thirty-five feet high. The Weather Bureau predicted that the storm's center would pass just east of Cape Hatteras.
    The coast guard plane reported it was circling the ship and dropping flares. Surf boasts were launched from Ocracoke Island to attempt a rescue. Porstmouth Island is inaccessible from the mainland.
    Two Coast Guard cutters from Norfolk, Va., were on the way to offer aid.
    The Midget, bound from Baltimore to Morehead City, had reported earlier that her fuel supply was dwindling.
    In a 10 P.M. bulletin the Miami Weather Bureau said that the storm was moving in a north-eastern course at about thirty to thirty-five miles an hour. Gales extended 100 miles in a semi-circle east of the center, it added.
    The forecasters thought it unlikely that the destructive winds would hit the mainland, but advised off shore ships to use caution. Storm warnings were ordered displayed north of Wilmington, N.C., to Eastport, Me.
    The Weather Bureau in New York ordered storm warnings hoisted at 5 P.M. yesterday. Rains lashed by winds up to forty-five miles an hour were forecast for today.

February 5, 1952

High Winds of Atlantic Storm Buffet City; Temperature Rises to 51 in Rain and Fog

High winds of an Atlantic storm buffeted the city early yesterday morning with gusts that registered up to forty-four miles an hour. The winds diminished as the day wore on and at nightfall the Weather Bureau reported that the city had be spared the brunt of the storm.
    By mid afternoon more than an inch of rain had fallen. The city was shrouded by murky gray fog that brought delays and cancellations to local airports. Temperatures, however remained high, rising from a low of 40 degrees at 12:01 A.M. to a high of 51 at 1:55 P.M. The record high for the date, set in 1890, is 56 degrees.
    The fog halted operations soon after 3 P.M. at La Guardia Airport and New York International Airport, Idlewild, Queens. The flying ceiling at both was lowered to 100 feet and visibility ranged from one eighth to one-half a mile. Similar conditions prevailed at Newark Airport.
    Wind and rain caused electric power failure in various parts of Westchester County. Falling tree limbs and floods in underground cables interrupted the transmission of electricity to 10,000 homes. A cable break near Golden's Bridge barred power to 5,000 consumers in a half-dozen communities for nine hours. The Bedford Town police could not use teletype and radio apparatus in the emergency.
    The Weather Bureau forecast continued cloudiness through this morning but mostly fair in the afternoon. The temperature was expected to remain in the forties, with moderate fresh west to north westerly winds.