Thus did my mom describe Hurricane Diane to relatives in Wisconsin.  We got through it, despite having to cut short an afternoon stroll when the rains came suddenly.
To put things into even starker perspective, consider that from August 1954 through August 1955, the East Coast saw three different storms make landfall—Carol, Hazel and Diane—that in 2012 each would have caused about twice as much damage as Sandy.
Among its infrastructure-wrecking effects, Diane brought to an end, permanently, the East Wind day train between New York and Maine, which in those days used the old Midland Line between Hartford and Worcester via Willimantic and Putnam.  A portion of the line was washed out in Connecticut, and never restored.  That's something to think of in light of an Amtrak proposal to build a new high-speed line between New York and Boston, hitting both Hartford and Providence, and using some of that Midland Route.

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