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Tropical Storm #5 - October 18-19, 1923

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A depression northeast of Puerto Rico strengthened to a tropical storm while moving northward. After passing to the east of Bermuda on October 16, it was deflected to the northwest by a large high pressure system situated to its north and northeast over the Atlantic. From there it tracked northwest all the way to the Massachusetts coast, crossing over Nantucket and Cape Cod overnight on the 18th and almost directly over Boston during the morning before dissipating on the 19th of October. The storm was never observed to have attained hurricane strength, but was believed to be a relatively weak tropical storm at the time of landfall in southeast New England.

Storm warnings were issued for the coastal waters from the Delaware breakwater to Eastport Maine on the 18th while the cyclone was still located well to the southeast of Nantucket. A peak wind velocity of 48 mph from the northeast was reported at Nantucket as the storm approached. High winds and rough seas were noted as far west as New York, where the loss of 2 crewman and a difficult rescue of the surviving crew from a capsized fishing boat off of Coney Island on October 18th was reported in the New York Times.

A strong nor’easter a few days after this tropical storm produced higher winds over a wide area of the northeast, including gusts as high as 82mph at Atlantic City, NJ and 60mph in locations such as Sandy Hook, NJ, Block Island, and Nantucket.

A limited number of station reports from the tropical storm are available in the tables below:

LOCATION SPEED DIRECTION
DATE
Nantucket, MA 48 mph NE 10/18
Eastport, ME 43 mph E 10/18

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