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Betty Plude: Amazing Stories from the Columbus Day Storm

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In 1962 hurricane force winds wrecked havoc over much of the Pacific Northwest for several hours. The rare Northwest Cyclone pummeled an area reaching from Northern California to Canada with the winds of a category three hurricane. Cars tumbled end over end, roofs flew off houses, towers collapsed, cows died when barns collapsed on them, huge fir trees blocked roads. The Air Force wind gage on Mt. Hebo at the 31,000 foot level registered 160 MPH before it blew apart. Since no one had predicted the storm people had to scramble to find shelter when it hit. And children were still in school.

Forty-six people died!

Betty Chapman Plude has collected the stories of more than 200 who survived the storm in her book Columbus Day Storm Memories, and she’ll share them with Maxine and Jeannie on The River today. She’ll tell us about one heroic bus driver who saw the dropping barometer and yanked all his students out of school, getting them home safely. We’ll hear about wind gusts picking up people and lofting them through the air like birds, and a girl so in love she didn’t even notice the storm. Talk about love being blind! You won’t want to miss this show.

Purchace Columbus Day 1962 Memories by sending a check for $20 to:

Independence  Public Library, 175 Monmouth St., Independence, OR, 97351