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In Their Own Words

February 11, 1733

Colonists First Experienced Thunderstorms

Eleven days after landing at Yamacraw Bluff, the Georgia colonists were still living in tents. Peter Gordon recorded their first encounter with heavy thunderstorms - something that would become too common an occurrence:

“… About this time we had excessive hard rains and almost continued thunder and lightening to a most astonishing degree. The rains were so violent, and came with such force, that it beat through our tents to that degree that we have been wett to the skinn in them severall times in a day. And to prevent our bedding from being wett, hade no other methode but by covering them with plates, dishes, bowls, and what other conveniency we hade to catch the rain in, which has often been so heavy that severall gallons has been catched in those vessells upon one bed, in the space of an hour. As the country all around us was a continued forest, and nothing to be seen but wood and water, the rains were very frequent and very severe… .”

Source: [no author or editor cited], Our First Visit in America: Early Reports from the Colony of Georgia, 1732-1740 (Savannah: Beehive Press, 1974), pp. 15-16.