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This is Buzzy's Country Store blog designed to keep you apprised of what's going on at the Store. Buzzy's is a general store located in St. Mary's County, Southern Maryland near Pt. Lookout State Park. Buzzy and Jean Ridgell purchased the Store from Jean's father Harry Raley in 1953. Buzzy operated it until his passing in 2009. His son J. Scott Ridgell is the current owner.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Great Storm of 1933 Pt. 2

The other day in Buzzy's Country Store amidst all the talk of hurricanes and their impacts on the lower end of the County, David Norris remarked "I remember my grandfather talking about some hurricane where this whole lower end was flooded out from the Scotland Post Office on down."  Sounding like the old fart that I am, I noted to David that his Granddad Ekas (Tennyson) was referring to the Storm of 1933. (They did not start naming hurricanes until 1953.)  

I then went looking for my copy of Mr. Clarence Bradburn's book that has a chapter in it titled The Great Storm of 1933.  I have previously discussed this and even included a copy of Mr. Bradburn's chapter on The Great Storm here on the Buzzyblog  (click here.)

Today with all of the focus on Hurricane Florence, I did a little more digging on The Great Storm of 33 and learned that it is officially referred to as the 1933 Chesapeake-Potomac Hurricane.    In this Wiki article, the impacts of the 33 Storm on Maryland are discussed as follows:

The statement "The storm damaged or destroyed several hotels in the region."  One of these hotels was the original Scotland Beach Hotel built by Thomas Ridgell.
Other hurricanes such as Hazel, Agnes, Donna and more recently Ernesto have similarly wrecked a lot of havoc in our neck of the woods.  However, it seems that The Great Storm of 1933 still remains our 100 year storm of note.   Guess we have another 15 years or so before a repeat is due.  Still, we need to prepare for Florence.

You know The Doors' version of the following tune, but have you ever checked out Snoop's version?  What do want to bet that the line "Like a dog without a bone" was just too much for Snoop to resist covering it?  Then again "a killer on the road, his brain squirming like a toad" has some gangsta rap resonance too so overall it was slam dunk for the Snoopster to cover it.  For those of you not into rap, stick with this one and it may surprise you how nice a job Snoop Dogg does with it.

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