Views of The Great Atlantic Hurricane lashing at northeast United States areas (after having already hit the North Carolina Outer Banks), and views of the aftermath and early cleanup following the storm. Regions shown include Atlantic City, Long Island (where it came ashore as a category 3 hurricane on September 15, 1944), New York City suburbs, and parts of New England. High surf flooding boardwalks and coastal cities. Trees bent over and snapped in high winds. People walking with difficulty in the high winds. Streets of towns submerged in water. Coastal docks destroyed and large boats scattered high onto shore areas. Trees, poles, and wires downed over roads and homes. Entire homes moved off of their foundations and placed down the street. The "Great Atlantic Hurricane" was the first example of a named hurricane by the Miami Hurricane Warning Office, which later became the National Hurricane Center. The name was meant to reflect the hurricane's size and intensity.
The New York Yankees train at Atlantic City New Jersey for the 1944 baseball season, during World War 2. Yankees players, wearing long sleeves, jog around the infield. Manager Joe McCarthy addresses the club. Players warm up with throwing and batting drills. Outfielder Ed Levy (#9) swings in batting cage. Second baseman Stuffy Sternweiss (#2) takes a swing. Manager McCarthy clowns around with movie camera. Action shifts to New York Giants spring training camp in Lakewood, New Jersey. Catcher Gus Mancuso takes part in camera tricks. Manager and Hall of Fame slugger Mel Ott looks over his squad. Shortshop Billy Jurges hits a ground ball. (Note: Spring training for all Major League Baseball clubs was in the north that year because of travel restrictions during World War II.)
Atlantic City, New Jersey. Views of buildings in the city from a higher building, looking out over the city. View of the Atlantic City boardwalk, with walkers on it. Group of men playing a ball game on the Bathing Beach in Atlantic City. Then the men climb on top of each other, one on the shoulders of another. Pilings and rocks with the surf coming in. Buildings on the beach. Steel Pier is seen in the distance.
The United States Coast Guard Women's Reserve (SPARS) working in the Atlantic City, New Jersey. Women seated on chairs inside a building. They complete a five months radio course to be radio operators. Women marching on the ground. A board on a building reads: 'US Coast Guard Training Station'.
Structure of a giant, hollow wooden elephant building. Dubbed Lucy, this building was built in 1882. It weighs 90 tons and has a substructure of wood and skin made of hammered tin. Men and women tourists go inside the elephant building through a door in the elephants leg at bottom. It is located near the Atlantic coast, in Margate, New Jersey, United States, two miles south of Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Wind swept forest fire destroys thousands of acres of woods near the Atlantic City in New Jersey, United States. Fire fighters work day and night to fight the blazing forest inferno.