Credit: Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain Henry Tolleth

Historical Insights Great Lakes Storm of 1913

Six-foot high snowdrifts buried the streets. Drivers who were forced to remain in their vehicles were stranded for up to two nights. After the storm finally calmed, cities were left paralyzed by the storm. 1913, Cleveland, Ohio. Credit: Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain

Great Lakes Storm of 1913

In 1913, Henry Tolleth was living in Rose, Wisconsin when a devastating storm furiously slammed the Great Lakes. *

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Hurricane-force winds of 90 miles-per-hour, towering waves over 35 feet, and whiteout blizzard conditions inundated the Great Lakes between November 7 and November 10, 1913. Surrounding ports signaled it was a level-four storm, but for some vessels, it was already too late. Major ship wrecks took place on all the Great Lakes except for Lake Ontario. On land, 24 inches of snow shut down traffic and communication and caused millions of dollars in damage. When the storm cleared, 12 ships had sunk, 19 were stranded, and nearly 250 lives were lost.