The hurricane season of 1933 was an active one. The Aug. 23-24 storm that battered Ocean City is recalled today as the weather event that brought the resort its inlet. The storm, which tore away sections of the boardwalk and damaged the larger hotels, brought so much rain that the waters of Sinepuxent Bay and nearby rivers overflowed and breached the barrier island at the south end of the town.
The storm, now named the Chesapeake and Potomac Hurricane, also inundated Baltimore with more than 7 inches of rain in a 24-hour period. Winds felled trees in Druid Hill, Clifton and Patterson parks. The harbor overflowed, filling Light Street with nearly 5 feet of water. Baltimore’s Woodberry neighborhood was lashed by heavy flooding in the Jones Falls Valley.
The storm killed 42 people in the Mid-Atlantic region, including a pair of truck drivers who were swept away on U.S. 1 in Howard County. Other deaths were reported at a Carroll County creek, at Bear Creek and near Miller’s Island.
Two people also were killed when a passenger train bound for New Orleans left Baltimore from Pennsylvania Station. Unknown to railroad officials, the backup of water at the Anacostia River in Washington had damaged a bridge and caused the rails to separate. The steam locomotive fell in the muddy waters, killing the engineer, A.H. Bryde of Washington, and the fireman, J.H. Faye of Perryville. Pullman porters helped passengers escape nine overturned rail cars.
York, Pa., got the most rain — 12 inches.