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|THURSDAY, JUNE 22 - REMEMBERING HURRICANE AGNES
Hurricane Agnes was a relatively weak storm when it hit Florida on June 19, 1972.
But by the time it dissipated a week later over Pennsylvania, it had become one of
the costliest tropical systems in history.
After coming ashore, Agnes tracked northeastward over land
and weakened, but it
restrengthed as it emerged off the Carolina coast. On June 22, 1972, Agnes dumped
more than 4 inches of rain on Wilmington, the city's rainiest June day on record.
All told, Agnes brought 3 to 5 inches of rain to Delaware and the immediate
But farther north and west, 10 to 15 inches of rain fell.
Half of Harrisburg was flooded by the waters of the Susquehanna.
The Schuylkill River at Reading, PA, crested 18 feet above flood stage.
Even at Fairmount Dam in Philadelphia, the flooding from Agnes remains
the worst on record, exceeding even that of Floyd. And to this day, Agnes
remains Pennsylvania's worst natural disaster.