Remembering Hurricane Bob 21 years ago

August 19th, 2012 at 10:05 pm by under Weather

It was 21 years ago today that Hurricane Bob made landfall over southern New England.

Hurricane Bob developed in the central Bahamas on August 16th, 1991 and reached hurricane strength on August 17th. Bob continued to strengthen and accelerated north-northeastward, moving up along the East Coast.

On August 19th the eye of  Hurricane Bob passed over Block Island, Rhode Island at around 1:30 p.m.  then Bob made landfall over Newport, Rhode Island shortly before 2 p.m.

Extensive beach erosion occurred along the shore from Westerly, Rhode Island eastward. Some south facing beach locations on Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket Island lost up to 50 feet of beach to erosion.

The heaviest rainfall of over 7 inches fell in western Rhode Island and extreme eastern Connecticut.

Bob was responsible for six deaths in Connecticut and caused around $680 million dollars in damage in southern New England.

I remember Bob very well because it hit just days before I was to start college up in Vermont at Lyndon State . I also remember watching several birch trees fall in my back yard from all the heavy rain and wind it brought.

One Response to “Remembering Hurricane Bob 21 years ago”

  1. Jackie says:

    I remember Bob. That was the day my neice was to go to Bradley Air Field & go back home to Ohio. I was one of those idiots driving on the turnpike (toll booth operators were flagging us through – toll was free) heading to Westfield to take her to the airport. With how bad the weather was, we didn’t go. Her flight was cancelled til the next morning.
    Came back home to Springfield, & wires were down on my street. Luckily i made it around the wires & got safely back home.
    This i haven’t forgotten.

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