Due to unfavorable conditions, Agnes leveled-off slightly in intensity and weakened to a minimal hurricane while approaching the Gulf Coast of the United States. Your support makes a difference. The destruction of 177 mobile homes was reported and 374 others were significantly damaged. Agnes left quite a legacy among those who suffered her wrath; as a result, the name became the first of five Category 1 hurricane names to be retired and barred from future use. [11], Agnes began its long life as an extratropical cyclone once cold air invaded its circulation late on June 22, completing its extratropical transition on the next day. A bridge collapsed in Danville, which caused two diesel locomotives and several freight cars to fall into a swollen creek. In 1972 the wrath of Hurricane Agnes resulted in the evacuation of a Pennsylvania town due to the rising water of Susquehanna River. As a result, the ride was closed for the remainder of the 1972 season and was torn down in the off season. As a result, several rivers flooded. The flood was caused by the rains of Hurricane/Tropical Storm Agnes. You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition. At 1200 UTC, Agnes reached its minimum atmospheric pressure of 977 mbar (28.9 inHg), as reported by a reconnaissance aircraft. This page was last edited on 19 October 2020, at 18:07. The flood caused huge amounts of damage. Geological Survey Professional Paper 924. Rainfall in the state was light, peaking at 1.62 inches (41 mm), also recorded in Hartford. My parents lived in Bellevue Park at the time and to our surprise the basement of their home was flooded! J. F. Bailey, J. L. Patterson, and J. L. H. Paulhus. Over the Genesee River basin, the maximum official rainfall amount recorded was 13.7 inches at Wellsville NY. Light to moderate rainfall was reported in Florida, though no significant flooding occurred. It was renamed Lost River and maintained that theme until 1972. Share our work with whom you care, along with your comment ...Kindly check our comments section, Sometimes our tool may wrong but not our users. Water poured into the first floor of an art museum in Chadds Ford Township, which threatened at least $2.5 million in N.C. Wyeth paintings, though they were quickly moved to the upper floors. Agnes quickly became an extratropical cyclone on June 23, and tracked to the northwest of Great Britain, before being absorbed by another extratropical cyclone on July 6. Floods reached as far inland as 3rd street in the heart of the city.[41]. Historic Harrisburg Association director David Morrison and local historian Jeb Stuart will lead a walking tour of Shipoke, the Harrisburg neighborhood hit hardest by Agnes. Conversely, the existing Kinzua Dam, built against the wishes of the Seneca Nation of New York, spared much of Western Pennsylvania from the worst flooding, by filling the Allegheny Reservoir to capacity. It capsized and all six held onto the boat for several hours until it reached more shallow water. [19] As a result, Agnes is listed as the wettest tropical cyclone on record for the state of Pennsylvania. After moving inland, Agnes rapidly weakened and was only a tropical depression when it entered Georgia. On June 23, 1972, Tropical Storm Agnes devastated the Wyoming Valley with record floodwaters and unprecedented destruction. It was also reported that extensive crop damage occurred in low-lying areas. Top subscription boxes – right to your door, © 1996-2020, Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. [45] However, about 350 dwellings in Washington, D.C. suffered minor damage. Rainfall was generally light in Georgia, though peaking at 8.55 inches (217 mm) in Brunswick. Overall, more than 100,000 people were forced to leave their homes due to flooding. Due to the destroyed houses, at least 220,000 people were left homeless. Registration on or use of this site constitutes acceptance of our User Agreement, Privacy Policy and Cookie Statement, and Your California Privacy Rights (each updated 1/1/20). Subscribe to PennLive. "At the time, my wife was working at the Harrisburg Hospital and I was working for an architectural firm in Boiling Springs. For information about Midtown Scholar programs, go to midtownscholar.com or call 717-236-1680. This description will focus instead on the impacts on the Genesee River basin in western New York. In the United States, Agnes affected 15 states and the capital area of Washington D.C.. [36] River Road along the Patapsco was almost completely washed out. [48], In Canada, Hurricane Agnes gave heavy rains and winds over southern Ontario and southern Quebec, causing numerous floodings around Lake Erie and Lake Ontario. The hurricane severely flooded the Susquehanna River and the Lackawanna River causing major damage to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre metropolitan area. Along the Allegheny River, it was above flood stage in some low-lying areas. In Connecticut, winds were well below tropical storm force, although a wind gust of 46 mph (74 km/h) was reported in Hartford. [5], After becoming a tropical storm on June 16, Agnes slowly curved northward and approached the Yucatán Channel. Other reports of at least tropical storm force sustained winds were at 39 mph (63 km/h) in Crestview and Jacksonville, 42 mph (68 km/h) in Flamingo, 43 mph (69 km/h) in Key West, and two observations of 40 mph (64 km/h) in Panama City.

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