Survivors of 1938 Hurricane Tell Stories, Shrug Off Irene


Hurricane Irene Doesn't Faze Survivors of '38

Mary Johnston, 95, who lived in Rhode Island at the time, said, "We weren't prepared. We didn't know 'til people practically blew into the ocean!"

All agreed the media coverage and official warnings were the biggest difference between 1938 and Irene.

Milton Miller said they could tone it down a bit nowadays.

"It's good to prepare, but the way a lot of these weathermen express themselves, you'd think the hurricane was right on your doorstep!" he said, adding, "Well, young reporters want to make a name for themselves."

Despite their traumatic memories of 1938, or perhaps because of them, these survivors did not seem bothered by Irene.

"I don't think this one's going to amount to anything," said Mary Johnston.

"Frankly, I don't think it's going to bother us too much," said Patricia Shuttleworth, noting her location -- Greenport, N.Y. -- is inland.

Miller said: "It don't bother me none. … I just take it with a grain of salt. And at my age, what difference does it make?"

Watch full coverage of Hurricane Irene on "Nightline" tonight at 11:35 p.m. ET.

  • 1
  • |
  • 2
Join the Discussion
You are using an outdated version of Internet Explorer. Please click here to upgrade your browser in order to comment.
blog comments powered by Disqus
You Might Also Like...
See It, Share It
PHOTO: U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston stopped a would be smuggler from bringing nearly 7 ounces of cocaine into the country in tamales, Aug. 22, 2014.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Real Housewife Phaedra Parks Lists Home in Suburban Atlanta
Real Housewives of Atlanta star, Phaedra Parks, has listed her 4,000-square-foot home with 5 bedrooms and 6 baths for $340,900.
In this image from video posted on Facebook, courtesy of the George W. Bush Presidential Center, former President George W. Bush participates in the ice bucket challenge with the help of his wife, Laura Bush, in Kennebunkport, Maine.
(Courtesy George W. Bush Presidential Center/AP)