St. Simons Light, GA.

Dusk - October 1, 1898

“Just Another Storm?”

About noon, on Oct. 2, 1898, the full strength of a vicious storm hit the southern Georgia coast making landfall at Cumberland Island, just 20 miles south of St. Simons Island. By today's standards it was at least a category three hurricane with a storm surge peaking at 20 ft. in some areas and winds of 100 mph. Beside the devastating property damage, 179 lives were lost. At the St. Simons lighthouse the water rose to 15 ft. and flooded the first floor levels of both house and tower. By most in the region this was considered the storm of the century.

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