Preregistration is required and is available online at
by calling the Main Library at 440-244-1192 or 1-800-322-READ,
ext. 450. Matthew Weisman from
the Lorain Historical Society will present this local
The Great Lakes Storm of 1913—historically referred to as the
“Big Blow,” the “Freshwater Fury,” or the “White
Hurricane”—was a blizzard
with hurricane-force winds that devastated the Great Lakes basin
in the Midwestern United States and the Canadian province of
Ontario from Nov. 7 through Nov. 10, 1913.
The storm was most powerful on Nov. 9, battering and overturning
ships on four of the five Great Lakes, particularly Lake Huron.
Deceptive lulls in the storm and the slow pace of weather
reports contributed to the storm’s destructiveness.
The most destructive natural disaster to hit the lakes, the
Great Lakes Storm destroyed 19 ships and stranded 19 others.
More than 250 people lost their lives in this storm.
For more information, call the Main Library at 440-244-1192 or
1-800-322-READ, ext. 450.