Hurricane "Donna" swerved across Long Island Sept 12 and left behind a trail of damage and floods.
Hurricane "Donna" swerved across Long Island Sept 12 and left behind a trail of damage and floods. New York City was hit at mid-day with driving rain and winds up to 80 miles an hour. A boat anchorage on the Hudson River side of Manhattan was one of many where owners, city workers and volunteers battled to save one boat after another. Their efforts were not always successful. Elsewhere around the island, ferry service was suspended and large trucks were discouraged from crossing exposed bridges.
Large areas of downtown Manhattan, at the tip of the island, were flooded. High water closed several subway stations. It was opening day for the city's schools and all afternoon sessions in the public schools were called off. The New Haven Railroad suspended service into the city.
"Donna" - now no more than a grim memory - left a trail of 135 deaths, with scores of people missing, and damage estimated at GBP357 million during a week of havoc.