One of the major hurricanes to hit Cape Cod in the last century was Hurricane Carol. The category three storm on August 31, 1954 had wind gusts of more than 100 mph and a storm surge of 10.1 feet. The hurricane was not forecast to reach the Cape until several days later, if at all, so residents were not prepared. Damage in Falmouth was assessed at $2,750,000. Ten days later, Hurricane Edna headed up the coast, but caused less damage to the Cape than Carol.
Here are some photos of Hurricane Carol from several sources, including our archives, Bob Grosch, and from an album of photos taken by scientists at the US Fish and Wildlife Service, collected by Herb Graham, Fisheries director, and donated to the museum by David Graham.