Most people living along the New England coast have a hurricane story or two. From mild recollections of lost electricity, to harrowing tales of the sea coming ashore, these stories illustrate some of the effects of these extremely powerful weather events. Hurricanes, with their high winds, downed trees and storm surges, changed the course of history and the landscape of coastal Rhode Island.
Explore this digital exhibit, featuring objects and photographs from the Newport Historical Society collection, to learn about the history of some of the largest hurricanes to hit Newport, from the eighteenth century to today. The exhibit also discusses the changing technologies available to those who sought to predict storms.