I have always hear stories about the storm of '33 and the damage that it caused in Dorchester County. The one thing that sticks out in my mind is that the bridge to the lowest island of the Hooper Island chain was washed away and eventually all who lived there moved elswhere. While going through some newspaper I have found the reporting done at the time of the storm. Be sure to check to see if your relative is mentioned. This will be exactly as written in the Daily Banner. Debby Moxey 29 June 1999
Wednesday - 23 August 1933 STORM DOES GREAT DAMAGE TO SHIPPING The wind storm of the past few hours has done a great deal of damage to shipping along the entire Atlantic seaboard. While the wind has not assumed the magnitude of a hurricane locally, still it has had force enough to swamp a large number of small boats and to make many of the larger ones drag their anchors and ground on the shore and on bars close to their points of anchorage. The almost continuous down fall of rain for the past forty eight hours has so filled many of the smaller boats as to cause a water logged condition with the result that the waves which resulted from the storm swept over them and completely filled them, many of them sinking at their anchorage while in other cases a considerable number of them were turned over. It is impossible at this time to get any reports as to the damage done in fact, with practically all telegraph and telephone wires out of commission outside of Cambridge no reports can be received, but it is certain that the damage is very great. CAMBRIDGE HELD IN GRIP OF STORM While the wind storm that has been sweeping over this section of the county since about one o'clock this morning has not reached the proportions of a hurricane still there has been force enough to it to cause a great deal of damage. However, the greatest damage that has occurred has been caused by the heavy rains of the past three days which have soaked the ground to such a depth as to loosen the roots of all vegetation including the larger trees. No estimate can be placed upon the damage done as it will be necessary to await the clearing up of the storm before the loss to growing crops can be ascertained, but there seems to be no doubt of the fact that both the tomato and corn crops have suffered very severly. In many instances whole fields have become so soaked by the rainfall as to be quagmires and in he case of the corn the tops heavy with the new made ears have been so heavy as to cause the whole stalks to lie flat on the ground. Whole fields of tomatoes are under water and it seems quite likely that the entire crops on these fields are destroyed.