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VOL 18-NO. 290 DAYTONA BEACH, THURSDAY, OCTOBER, 18, 1944. PRICE FIVE CENTS
STORM DANGER IS PAST
All storm danger to Daytona Beach was considered past at 2:30 today. State Guard headquarters ordered a stand- 1
by watch here discontinued.
Gusts of wind 84 miles an hour smacked Daytona Beach at 10:45 this morning as the center of a hurricane was reported
by the Naval Air Station as being 75 miles southwest of Daytona Beach, moving northeastward.
The storm at dawn had been reported over Tampa. The average wind velocity here at 10:45 was 56 miles an hour. This
had advanced from 50 miles an hour, with gusts of 67 at 9 a.m.
The barometer was low at 9 a.m., a reading of 29.12. At 10:45 it was down to 29.06. Indications were it would continue
to fall until the storm center passed. The winds started shifting from east toward the south.
The Officer of the Day at the Naval Air Station said that -navy families were removed from the peninsula. *
The "T" section of the ocean pier collapsed before noon, Earl Warner, one of the owners, reported. He said the casinoo
on the pier was holding solid and would withstand the storm if winds did not increase after 12:30.
By noon the South bridge was closed to traffic with its ends nearly awash. Main street bridge remained open, but
motorists by noon were warned by guards to cross at their own risk. The South bridge's tender said the water rose four feet
in the river in the hour before noon although the tide should have been ebbing.
A number of store windows were broken on Beach street Main street and elsewhere. Signs and awnings were first vic-
tims of the blow. Fragments of plate glass flew with the wind.
News-Jpurnal teletype circuits failed at 8:04 a.m. The. Florida Power and Light company pulled switches shortly there-
after to avoid possibility of electrocutions if persons on the streets came into contact with fallen wires.
Telephone communication was being maintained in spite of power failure by use of batteries in the central plant
here. Lines were overloaded.
A cruiser-houseboat owned by Dr. Holmes, tied up at the Yacht club, went adrift during the night. She has not yet been
reported, according to Commdr. Dana Bowen.
Halifax hospital operated on an emergency generator. Electric service was continued as long as possible to Welch
City Manager Titus said that householders should be sparing with water as the only pump operated today is an
emergency gasoline motor, incapable of pushing through a normal supply. All tanks were filled to capacity yesterday as
City buses were ordered off the streets this morning to avoid possibility of accident. No school sessions were held to-
day, and the mainland high school and junior high were used, to house patients at Welch hospital.
The ocean tide edged into the lower reaches of the Main street approach this morning, and spray whipped across the
The river tide was to reach its crest later in the day, but all morning the wind whipped salt water into the park. One
small craft which had not been removed from the city dock was being beaten to pieces at the small bridge linking City
Island with the mainland.
The Streamline hotel was a heavy sufferer with most of its eastern windows blown out. The owner of Spray Bath house
feared for its safety.
The big Pier sign blew down. Wires hung like confetti on Main street. The Florida theater sign broke in half. The ferris
wheel toppled over.
Two boats were reported sunk at the Howard Boat Works and a shed there collapsed.
STORM CENTER HEADS TOWARDS JACKSONVILLE
TACKSONVILLE, Oct, 19-(AP)-(By telephone)-The weather bureau announced at noon today that the severe hurri-
cane now crossing the state in a north, northeasterly direction, is expected to pass out to sea in the vicinity of Jacksonville
late this afternoon. Dangerous winds of full hurricane strength will be filt in that area.
Early this morning Central Florida cities reported high winds reaching at times to 90 miles per hour. In Orlando, heavy
damage approximating one million dollars was reported, mostly from broken plate glass and destruction of shrubbery and
trees. Heavy losses in the citrus belt have also been reported.
From Tampa and St. Petersburg, lashed by the blow early today, there came no reports of casualties, or of extensive
damage. Communications with lower West Coast cities has not yet been established. ..
Following is a text of an advisory issued at 10:30 o'clock by the weather burea: ""' "
"A severe hurricane with increasing forward speed and still attended by winds of full hurricane force,'with gusts l
to 100 miles per hour, is now central near Ocala."
"Winds of full hurricane force of 80 miles per hour and higher are expected from Daytona Beach north to Cape i
Hatteras late today and tonight.
S"Winds over South and Central Florida will diminish late this afternoon and tonight. Every precaution, however,
should be taken from Daytona northward and persons in low lying coastal areas should seek higher terrain because of the
expected high tides.
"Hurricane warnings are ordered displayed from Daytona Beach to Hatteras and hurricane alerts from Hatteras to N'or
folk. Hurricane warnings are still displayed from Fort Myers to Cedar Key, on the West Coast and storm warnings through
Central Florida from Daytona Beach to Appalachicola."
| JAPS SAY AMERICAN ARMADA IN PHILIPPINES
"LONDON, Oct. 19.-(AP)-A Japanese Imperial Headquarters announced today in a special communique that an Amert*
can fleet, including warships and transports, had invaded Leyte Bay in the Central Philippines and was bombarding tha
shore---presumably in preparation for landing operations fulfilling Gen. Douglas MacArthur's pledge to return to tha
islands. < ,
'" TYPE SET BY AID OF LAWN MOWER
A lawn mower is making it possible to give you this edition of The Evening News. The power went off in The News.
Journal plant at 8 a. m. Our clever composing rdom'mechanics borrowed a power mower and rigged the one-cylinder pai-
put to a typesetting machine. Printing-limited unfortunately to a few thousand-was done on a hand press used to pull