Local History

Revisiting Westport's Wild Winds

A new video documents the infamous Hurricane Carol


Last year’s breakout book, The Last Fling, transported us back in time and took us on a thrilling ride through disaster, loss, triumph and acts of courage. We were introduced to heart-wrenching stories of both survivors and victims of 1954’s Hurricane Carol. Born in Fall River, author Red Cummings released the book as his first solowritten work and gained great popularity with the Westport-area locals. It includes over 40 illustrations and focuses on not only the events of the hurricane, but life in the ‘50s and a fervent depiction of community. 

In light of the 2012 hurricane season, Cummings is now releasing a 22-minute long video called The Last Fling: Hurricane Carol 1954 on June 2, to complement the success of the narrative. Full of locals, first-hand accounts and excellent footage, viewers are able to revisit the storm that tore so many lives apart almost 60 years ago. Don’t miss this inside look at history made right here in our area.


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