Photos: Hurricane Gloria Remembered
By WXedge Staff on September 27, 2012, 11:52am
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Hurricane Gloria struck our state 27 years ago on September 27, 1985. Hurricane Gloria made landfall in Milford, Connecticut. Before hitting Connecticut, Hurricane Gloria's peak intensity was a minimum pressure of 919 mb and max sustained winds at 145 mph (category 4 hurricane).
A category 1 hurricane hit Connecticut with winds peaked at 74 mph sustained with 92 mph gusts in Bridgeport. A peak observation of 83 mph in Waterbury, Connecticut and Blue Hill Meteorological Observatory in Massachusetts. Gloria caused significant beach erosion in Connecticut.
Gloria's high winds downed numerous trees across Connecticut, causing minor to moderate damage. High winds across Connecticut resulted in 669,000 outages without power. Some areas of Branford were without of power for up to ten days.
The US Army Corps of Engineers has said that 1985's Hurricane Gloria could have been catastrophic if it arrived at high tide and just a little closer to NYC. Gloria would have had higher storm surge in Connecticut, because it came at low tide, too.
Throughout Gloria's complete path there were eight deaths and 900 million dollars worth of damage.