Irene wasn’t a hurricane. Gloria was a hurricane and 26 years ago today on September 27, 1985 she made landfall just to the west of Bridgeport as a minimal category 1 hurricane.
The storm was falling apart when it made landfall but the wind damage was impressive. Gloria knocked down more trees than Irene and the overall damage from wind was worse. The storm was a quick hitter and though it came in with a 5+ foot storm surge the worst was at low tide which resulted in minimal coastal flooding. We were lucky.
Here are some of the observations from Gloria at Sikorsky Airport in Bridgeport. The sustained wind at Bridgeport reached 74mph with a gust to 92 mph which was quite impressive.
METAR KBDR 271600Z 09055G70KT 3/4SM -RA FG OVC007 22/21 A2895 RMK PRESFR PK WND 0970/45 SLP804 P0009 T02220206
METAR KBDR 271700Z 09060G72KT 1/2SM -RA FG OVC008 21/19 A2859 RMK PRESFR SLPNO P0011 T02110194
SPECI KBDR 271720Z 18064G80KT 3SM -RA FG OVC008 A2859 RMK PRESRR/LOWEST PRES 850/WSHFT APRNT EYE OVHD SLPNO 5100/
METAR KBDR 271800Z 28026G32KT 20SM BKN008 23/20 A2878 RMK PRESRR SLP746 P0002 T02330200
METAR KBDR 272000Z 26027G32KT 20SM SCT025 SCT150 22/17 A2928 RMK PRESRR SLP915 T02220167
Gloria is still the last hurricane to hit Connecticut. Gloria came 25 years after the previous hurricane, Donna in 1960. Prior to Donna there were 3 hurricanes (including a category 2 and 3 storm) in the preceding 22 years.