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A Terrifying, Deadly Storm Struck New Jersey In 1962… And No One Saw It Coming

One of the many amazing things about New Jersey is that our weather is fairly mild. Sure, it can be unpredictable, with springtime blizzards and the occasional damaging storm, but we don’t really need to worry about earthquakes, hurricanes or tornadoes… usually. Some parts of our state are still recovering from the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy, and we’ve had a handful of other deadly storms in our history. One of the worst in (fairly) recent memory is the Ash Wednesday Storm of 1962.

To give you an idea of the damage, here’s a video from YouTube user Wes Johnson covering the aftermath in Margate, Atlantic City, Ventnor and Longport:

And another video by YouTube user shoredude101 shot by Dwight “Buz” Holzmer, focusing on North Cape May, Cape May Point and Cape May.

These images barely scratch the surface in terms of damage caused by the storm, which severely impacted Cape May County, Atlantic County, Ocean County and Monmouth County. Even Hudson County was affected by 40-foot waves on the Hudson River, according to the National Climatic Data Center. Do you have memories of the storm, or stories you’ve heard? Was your family personally impacted? With the amount of devastation, if you lived along New Jersey’s shoreline, I wouldn’t be surprised.

Kristen Koennemann
Kristen is a freelance writer, editor and social-media manager who really loves her state. She's here to share all that New Jersey has to offer with residents and the rest of the world.