Boulogne storm: 6th May 1889
Posted 04 January 2012 - 07:41
"An extraordinary thunderstorm visited Boulogne on Monday evening. I t was not discovered until some time after the storm how disastrous had been its effects. The town presents an extraordinary appearance, the extent of the destruction being almost beyond description, fissures having been cut in the streets eight or ten feet deep and so terrible was the force of the torrent that huge paving and curb stones, some of them weighing from two to four hundredweight, were torn up and hurled along by it for great distances. Openings were made sufficently large to engulf a horse and cart; trees were in many cases torn up and gardens washed away; while basements in the lower part of the town were underwater. The whole of the inhabitants were in a great state of terror and it will take some time to restore the damage which has been caused. Subscriptions have been opened for the sufferers. Several persons had narrow escapes. One man was carried a considerable distance by the torrent and was much bruised. Two hosres were killed by lightning and a man and a woman were also struck."