1985: Hurricane Gloria

NOAA image of Gloria approaching New England, Sept. 27, 1985.
NOAA image of Gloria approaching New England, Sept. 27, 1985.

Hurricane Gloria was one of the strongest storms to hit Middletown in more than thirty years. It was a Category 2 hurricane when it came ashore in Connecticut, which entails winds ranging from 96 mph to 110 mph and a storm of generally six to eight feet above normal. The people of Middletown went without power for three days following the hurricane. This was also the weekend of the Durham Fair and many Middletown residents went to the fair for food and to generally enjoy the annual festivities.

Story contributed by Kimberly Singh.

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