did the report specifically mention Doswell VA? *** Edited 9/9/2004 1:43:24 AM UTC by Jeff***
We've been dealing with alot of severe weather in the mid atlantic today thanks to what's left of hurricane francis,already the DC metro area has been under several tornado watches,my area (in prince william county) was under a tornado warning this afternoon & the entire metro area remains under a tornado watch til midnight.
This is a Coaster Enthusiasts forum, so why shouldn't we discuss things such as this? It's not like we are saying "Just as long as it didn't tear up the theme park"
Well, some of the phrasing in some posts does sort of sound like that is exactly what people are saying... like this little clip from BATWING SFA: "....I hope to god that PKD wasn't hit."
*** Edited 9/9/2004 2:27:42 PM UTC by SLFAKE***
This is a Coaster/Park forum though and despite parks that may or may not have insurance. Those parks may not recover if something major was to happen.
Chuck, who remembers a Hurricane that put two railroads out of buisness in the early/mid 70's and thats in Central PA. *** Edited 9/9/2004 3:39:23 PM UTC by Charles Nungester***
Hurricane Agnes flooded my hometown when I was 4 years old...that b***h.....
I find it ironic that one of the best routes was and has never been a major player since. EL went out of thier way to Bridge over and around things that slowed it down.
Chuck, who couldn't remember the name and thanks you. Agnes!
Charles Nungester said:
Chuck, who remembers a Hurricane that put two railroads out of buisness in the early/mid 70's and thats in Central PA.
Yep... Hurricane Agnes, June 1972. I was only 6 years old at the time, but I do remember that storm.
The rail line between York PA and Baltimore MD was pretty much destroyed, as were many bridges in York County with parts of the city of York beign flooded when the Codorus over flowed its banks. Lancaster, Harrisburg and points north along the Susquehanna river were also hit pretty hard to.
To take this back to parks, Hersheypark took some pretty heavy damage... the Lost River (formerly Old Mill) was so badly damaged that it never reopened. Knoebels also took some heavy damage as did the Cyclone at Williamsgrove.
Looking for web sites to find the path of Agnes (in my memory the storm stayed in this area for nearly 3 days before moving on), I found a link titled "Hurricane Agnes and the Loyalhanna Limited" that shows some of the damage that Idlewild took during that storm. http://ferrari3.tripod.com/Littletootagnes.html
Keep in mind... the damage from Agnes in PA was due to maily flooding. While the winds were high, they were not the major problem. I even believe that when Agnes struck PA she had already been downgraded to a Tropical Storm. This storm was a rain maker... much like Bonnie turned into.
It sounds like Ivan (as with Charley) is packing wicked winds (160mph at ground level in some places). A report on the radio this morning stated that an rock walled prison on I believe Grenada that has stood up storms dating back to the late 1600's crumbled under the wind and rain. This one is a bad one.
Thanks for that page :)
I used to ride the EL local out of Elmira when I was 7-8 years old (can't imagine that now in todays legal climate...). The storm also destroyed the Pennsy Sodus Point line out of Williamsport. I believe Agnes was the end for the Reading as well as the Lehigh Valley (or at least the beginning of the end)
For those coaster enthusiasts still reading...the storm destroyed Eldridge Park and the Speedway coaster. It was reopened for a few years, but the park never recovered from the damage and closed in the early 80s...
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