Great Lakes Storm of 1913

Great Lakes Storm of 1913

November 7, 2013 Updated Nov 7, 2013 at 4:48 PM EDT

By WKBW News

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November 7, 2013 Updated Nov 7, 2013 at 4:48 PM EDT

You will often see reporters or meteorologist standing along the Lake Erie shore when the weather gets dicey. You may even here them say "I have never seen it like this on the lake". No matter how bad it gets nothing compares to what happened 100 years ago today.

November 7, 1913, the most devastating storm ever to impact the Great Lakes began. This storm produced hurricane force winds and is historically referred to as the "White Hurricane". 250 people were killed in this storm and a dozen ships sank. 4 out of the 5 Great Lakes, excluding Lake Ontario, saw a ship capsize with Lake Huron experiencing the most devastation.

Winds during the storm peaked at 90 mph with a peak gust in Buffalo of 80 mph. Waves topped out at over 35 feet. 100 years ago weather forecasting was not as accurate as it is now and a lot of the ships captains ignored the weather warnings that were posted.

This storm caused 5 million dollars of damage which is close to 120 million dollars today.

Of the 12 ships that sank in the storm 4 have still never been found.

To read more about this storm and to see some amazing pictures and animations go to this website:

http://www.regions.noaa.gov/great-lakes/centennial_anniversary_storm_of_1913/