Storms and Other Natural Disasters in Hampton's History

Aftermath of the Blizzard of 1978

Ocean Blvd. in the aftermath of the Blizzard of 1978
Storms and Wrecks
From Dow's History of Hampton
Stormy Weather
A brief history of Hampton's storms from Peter Randall's Hampton, A Century of Town and Beach
Remarkable hail storm of 1654
From Dow's History of Hampton
The Great Blizzard of 1717
by William D. Cram, Little Stories of Old New England, The Hampton Union, December 1, 1938.
High tide of 1723
From Dow's History of Hampton
The thunderstorms of 1727
From Dow's History of Hampton
The Earthquake of 1727
From Dow's History of Hampton
Rev. Gookin's Sermon on the Earthquake
From William D. Cram's "Little Stories of Old New England"
The Earthquake of 1755
From Dow's History of Hampton
The Day The Earth Shook, from Hampton Union, June 2, 2006
1816: The Year Without a Summer
From Dow's History of Hampton
The 1898 Hampton Beach Tornado
Several stories about the disastrous tornado that struck the beach one Fourth of July.
The 1898 winter storm
Account of a bad winter storm that hit Hampton in November of 1898.
The great 1931 oceanfront storm
Hampton Union newspaper account of the storm that struck the seacoast on March 4, 1931
The Hurricane of 1938 in Hampton
The Hampton Union report, September 22, 1938
The Hampton Union report, September 29, 1938
Infamous storm hit this day in '38, a look back from 2003
The 1938 Hurricane, The Hampton Union, July 31, 2007
Atlantic Hurricane of 1944
The Hampton Union, September 21, 1944
Hurricane 'Carol' of 1954
Hurricane 'Carol' Causes Heavy Loss In Seacoast Area
The Hampton Union, September 2, 1954
Pictures of the aftermath in the Pine Grove cemetery
Photographs by Eloise Lane Smith
Hurricane 'Edna' of 1954
The Hampton Union, September 16, 1954
Dutch Elm Disease
The Hampton Union, August 2, 1956
Hurricane 'Donna' of 1960
The Hampton Union, September 16, 1960
The Blizzard of 1978
Blizzard of 1978 Photo Gallery, Part 1, Part 2 -- Various newspapers, February 1978
National Guard called: Hampton Beach in State of Emergency, Portsmouth Herald, February 7, 1978
Blizzard Nearly Brings Seacoast to Halt, Portsmouth Herald, February 7, 1978
Damages at Hampton May go as High as $2M, Portsmouth Herald, February 8, 1978
Seacoast is Battered by Raging Nor'easter: $4 Million in Damage Estimated by Officials, Hampton Union, February 10, 1978
News reports from from the Seacoast SAD, February 15, 1978
In N.H., Storm Weaker, But Still Packed A Wallop, a 2003 article from Foster's Daily Democrat
The Blizzard of '78: Where were you?, Seacoast Sunday, February 3, 2008
Seacoast residents Blizzard of '78 stories Seacoast Sunday, February 3, 2008
Hurricane 'Gloria' of 1985
The Hampton Union, October 2, 1985
Hurricane 'Bob' of 1991
The Hampton Union, August 19, 1991
The Flooding of May 2006
At Nature's Mercy, from Hampton Union, May 16, 2006
Rain Damage Is Still Being Assessed, from Hampton Union, May 19, 2006
Angry Residents Demand Answers After Flood, from Hampton Union, May 23, 2006
Scouts Help Clean Up Mess From Rains, from Hampton Union, May 23, 2006
Residents Voice Flood Woes, from Atlantic News, May 26, 2006
Residents Feel Abandoned By Town Officials from Hampton Union, May 26, 2006
Taylor River Residents Air Concerns To Selectmen from Hampton Union, June 9, 2006
Storm Response Assessed from Atlantic News, June 9, 2006
State Responds To Flood Issue from Atlantic News, June 30, 2006
Flood Problems Overflow from Hampton Union, July 25, 2006
Tornado Hits I-95
A small tornado strikes the Hampton area, from Hampton Union, May 23, 2006
Minutes To Evacuate
Severe hailstorm in the Hampton-Exeter area, from Hampton Union, July 14, 2006
The Nor'easter of April 2007
National Guard Called to Beach from Hampton Union, April 17, 2007
Erosion Threatens Oceanfront Homes from Hampton Union, April 18, 2007
Water, Water Everywhere....... from Atlantic News, April 20, 2007
Beach Houses On Brink from Hampton Union, April 20, 2007
Beaches Begin Massive Cleanup from Hampton Union, April 20, 2007
Worst Is Over at Hampton Beach from Hampton Union, April 20, 2007
Major Disaster: Sununu To Help State Gain Funds from Hampton Union, April 24, 2007
6 Homes Saved from Raging Ocean from Hampton Union, April 24, 2007
Beach Fire Station Takes A Hit from Hampton Union, April 24, 2007
Storm Damages $400K from Hampton Union, April 27, 2007
2007 Storm Photo Gallery from Hampton Union, April 2007
2007 Storm Photos of North Beach by Christopher Shipley, April 2007
Small earthquakes in 2007
Fifth Quake Shakes Coast in Last Three Weeks, from Hampton Union, June 22, 2007
Ice storm of December 2008
Outages Send Residents Scurrying to Area Hotels, from Hampton Union, December 12, 2008
State of Emergency Declared; Hundreds of Thousands Powerless, from Hampton Union, Tuesday, December 12, 2008
Thousands Remain in the Dark, from Hampton Union, December 16, 2008
Day 7: A Long, Cold Wait, from Hampton Union, December 19, 2008
Ole fashioned Winter in N.H., from Hampton Union, December 23, 2008
Unitil Learns from Mistakes, from Hampton Union, February 13, 2009
Winter storm of February 24-25, 2010 - Rain and heavy winds
Gallery of aerial photos of all buildings at the beach taken after the storm, showing extensive damage from the high winds (May load s-l-o-w-l-y!)
Stories of the large fire that occurred at Hampton Beach during the story
Hurricane 'Irene' of 2011
Irene has enough power to knock out power across Seacoast, the Hampton Union, August 30, 2011
More fun than fear at Hampton Beach during Tropical Storm Irene, the Hampton Union, August 30, 2011
'Uneventful' Hurricane a Good Thing, Hampton-NorthHamptonPatch.com, August 29, 2011
The "Snowtober" storm of October 2011
Snow No Treat: Utilities still working to restore power in Hampton area, the Hampton Union, November 1, 2011
October 2012 Earthquake
Earthquake Felt on NH Seacoast, Hampton-NorthHamptonPatch.com, October 16, 2012
Southern Maine 4.0 earthquake shakes Seacoast, Hampton Union, October 17, 2012
Hurricane 'Sandy' of 2012
Sandy Less Severe in Hampton Area than Past Storms, Hampton-NorthHamptonPatch.com, October 30, 2012
"Frankenstorm" Frenzy Whips up Waves of Curiosity, Hampton Union, October 30, 2012
'Sandy' was a Sand Storm at Hampton Beach, Hampton Union, October 30, 2012
Winter storm damage mostly repaired, Seacoast beaches set for summer, Foster's Daily Democrat, May 24, 2013