As I sit here waiting for Hurricane Sandy/Frankenstorm/Snor’eastercane to arrive, I decided to post a short video that my grandfather shot in Wildwood and North Wildwood, NJ during a nor’easter in March 1962 that caused significant damage to the Jersey coast. The Ash Wednesday Storm killed 40 people and injured more than 1,000 people along the Mid-Atlantic coast. It was a big deal 50 years ago and remains “one of the most destructive storms ever to affect the mid-Atlantic states.”
This page discusses the affect on nearby Cape May (damages in excess of $3 million, equivalent to $20-$25 million today). Philly.com collected other home videos of the storm. And one woman recounted her experience as a child in Sea Isle City during the storm.