WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Hurricane Hazel was the strongest land-falling hurricane to hit the Wilmington area in recorded history.
Imagine gusts to 150 mph, and 30 ft waves battering the coast.
The highest winds, lowest pressure, and most destructive storm surge in the area's violent hurricane history are all attributed to Hazel. More than 1,000 people died in the devastating hurricane.
At the time, WECT, which had only been operating for six months, gathered unbelievable images of the Wrightsville Beach area.
Hurricane Hazel began just east of the Windward Islands, near Grenada, on October 5, 1954.
The storm moved generally west to west-northwest through the central Caribbean before turning north and crashing into Haiti on October 12.
Winds reached 125 mph over parts of the region, and Hazel then moved through the Windward Passage between Haiti and Cuba.