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In Their Own Words

September 29, 1896

Hurricane Experience Recorded in Journal

John Girardeau Legare of Darien, Georgia recorded the passage of a hurricane:

“…Storm-We had a terrible storm today. It came up suddenly and unexpectedly. At 8 a.m. the wind blew about 15 miles an hour from the S.E., the barometer being about 29.50 and a light rain was falling. The wind gradually rose until 9:30 a.m. when it became so strong that we could not walk against it and a man on one of the tug boats lying at the wharves sent me word that the barometer had fallen to 29.30 and was wavering! It is very seldom that a barometer ever wavers on land and I would have liked to have seen it, but it was impossible to get to the boat. From 10 to 11 a.m. the wind must have blown fully 90 miles an hour and rain fell all the time. The rain water did not seem to fall-it was driven level with the earth. This storm was something awful. …”

Source: Buddy Sullivan, ed. The Darien Journal of John Girardeau Legare, Ricegrower, The University of Georgia Press, Athens & London, 2010, p. 51.