The day before it happened, everything was quiet.
Aug. 17, 1955, was just another day.
That’s because nobody saw it coming.
Nobody had a clue about an impending natural disaster, not even the weatherman.
In fact, the talk was about drought.
Hurricane Connie had swept through eastern Pennsylvania several days before, bringing desperately needed rain and soaking ground that had been bone dry.
As a result, the 10th Annual West Penn Community Fair kicked off in perfect weather.
Then, all of a sudden, clouds rolled in.