Excerpt from The August Cyclone: A Descriptive Narrative of the Memorable Storm of 1885; Some Mention of the Destruction of Property in and Around Charleston
During the 24th cumulus and cirro-cumulus clouds pre vailed. About 4 P. M. To 7 P. M. The sky was covered with cirrus ... and stratus clouds moving rapidly from the East, fol lowed at midnight by a light scud ¿ying from the Southeast. After midnight their character changed again to cirro-cumu lus, which gave place, in turn, to a heavy mass of cumulo stratus, immediately preceding the storm and accompanied by lightning. Through the rifts of the storm clouds during the night cirro-stratus were Observed, ¿oating high above and moving independently of the former, as regards both speed and direction.
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