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In Their Own Words

May 08, 1743

Deadly Thunderstorm Recorded

In his journal, William Stephens recorded a Georgia weather phenomenon rarely seen in England - a violent thunderstorm. As it turned out, this one proved deadly:

“…This Afternoon a terrible Accident happened by Thunder and Lightning, which Bursting over the Town, Struck thro the Widow Fitzwalters house, where she and her Son and Daughter … [were] sitting. The Young Woman was struck dead, and the Plaistering of the house shatter’d to Dust… .”

Source: E. Merton Coulter (ed.), The Journal of William Stephens, 1741-1743 (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1959), p. 201.