A devastating storm wreaked havoc in the city of Limerick, causing severe damages to buildings and leaving residents terrified. The destruction varied from buildings being completely destroyed to others being unroofed, or suffering shattered chimneys. At the peak of the hurricane, inhabitants were panic-stricken, abandoning their beds and preparing for flight into the open country.
In a shocking event during the storm, a ship that had just discharged its cargo was blown off course and collided with the river drawbridge. In addition, the St. Michael’s Rowing Club was destroyed, with its boats being blown into the air like “spinners”.
Trains were not spared either, as an ordinary train traveling through Birdhill ran into a stationary engine carrying employee salaries during the blinding storm. The impact was forceful enough to scatter the money over the station, causing disruption and delays. The driver and two stokers were reported to be injured during the incident.
The city of Limerick now faces a long recovery process, with many businesses, buildings, and public infrastructure destroyed and needing extensive repairs. The local community has been terrorized by the ferocity of the storm and will require strong support to help rebuild their lives amid the devastation.
Gloucester Citizen – Monday 02 March 1903