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Hurricane Gloria, 1985


Robust and long-lasting 1985 North Atlantic storm; fearsome enough in its north-tracking approach that the New York Stock Exchange was shut down for a day, along with all eastern seaboard schools and three Connecticut nuclear power plants. Gloria was the first hurricane to come ashore in New England since 1960, and the source of powerful triple-overhead waves in New Jersey, as well as a seven-day run of prime early autumn surf in the southern states.

Gloria began as a tropical disturbance ju...