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1898 - NEW HAMPSHIRE TORNADO. Loss of Life and Damage to Property at Hampton Beach.

Hampton, N. H., July 6. - A tornado struck a section of Hampton beach at 3:15 o'clock, causing immense damage to beach property and great loss of life. Cottages were blown flat, horses were picked up bodily and dashed against buildings, vehicles carried many feet, barns unroofed, large trees snapped off at their roots while others were torn up bodily. the tornado touched the beach at a place about half a mile north of Witler's hotel and cut a swath 100 yards wide in a westerly direction, moving in a rotary shape until it passed out to sea. Twenty cottages were torn down and several small hotels completely demolished.

The greatest loss of live and injury came with the demolition of the old skating rink near Levitts, a single story structure, 500x100. Here from 75 to 125 persons were seriously injured, an unknown number slightly wounded, and seven persons are already dead. A yacht owned by Captain FRANK MUDD of this place was sailing off the beach and was in the path of the storm. In it were nine persons, and of these five were drowned.

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