These photos were taken after the September 6, 1954 storm knocked down trees and power lines all over Ipswich. Hurricane Carol devastated the Massachusetts south coast and Rhode Island, and was responsible for 65 deaths in New England and $642 million in damage. On September 11, Hurricane Edna hit New England with additional destruction.

This #ThrowbackThursday image from 1954 shows a scene similar to scenes around Ipswich this week after the September 6 storm knocked down trees and power lines all over town. This image shows Jack and Molly Hayes' house (later owned by Dr Arthur Grimes) on South Green. The large trees were cut down due to Hurricane Carol damage in August of 1954.
This image shows Jack and Molly Hayes’ house (later owned by Dr Arthur Grimes) on South Green. The large elms were cut down due to Hurricane Carol damage in August of 1954. (photo and text courtesy Ipswich Museum). All three houses are still standing. The house in the foreground is known as “The Columns” but when it was built, it was called “Locke’s folly.” 
Damage from Hurricane Carol on Union Street
Damage from Hurricane Carol on Union Street. None of these buildings are still standing.

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