October 15th marks the anniversary of Hurricane Hazel. In 1954 Hazel struck the Carolina coastline. The hurricane demolished every pier along a 170-mile stretch from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina to Cedar Island, North Carolina. Along the path, entire lines of beach homes were destroyed. Hurricane Hazel destroyed 1500 other homes as it moved inland with seventeen foot tides. Winds between Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and Cape Fear, North Carolina gusted to 150 mph. More than 98 people died as in the storm.
Mary Knapp, Weather Data Library