Coastal Delaware, Maryland and Virginia have always been vulnerable to the power of storms. In the early nineteenth century, storm-driven shipwrecks led to the construction of the Delaware breakwater. In 1933, a storm created an inlet on the south edge of Ocean City and changed the character of the Maryland resort. The Ash Wednesday nor'easter of 1962 devastated oceanfront communities, led to the creation of beach replenishment projects that pushed the ocean back from the new multimillion-dollar buildings that sat on the sand and spurred the creation of Assateague Island National Seashore. Michael Morgan narrates the stories of these storms and reminds us of the power of wind and water.
About the Author
Michael Morgan has been writing articles on the history of coastal Delaware for more than three decades. His columns appear weekly in the Delaware Coast Press and the Wave, and his "Lore of Delmarva" weekly radio commentary is broadcast by station WGMD 92.7. Morgan's previous books include Pirates and Patriots: Tales of the Delaware Coast; Rehoboth Beach: A History of Surf and Sand; Bethany Beach: A Brief History; Ocean City: Going Down the Ocean; Civil War Delaware; Hidden History of Lewes; Delmarva's Patty Cannon: The Devil on the Nanticoke and World War II and the Delaware Coast.