Hurricane Hazel hit eastern North Carolina in October 1954. Rocky Mount native Phyllis Casper recalls her Hazel experience. She and her husband prepared for the worst when hearing of Hazel's approach. Many, including her Aunt Lossie, did not. Schools opened that day, but soon local radio stations told parents to pick up their children. Waiting out the storm in her house, Casper read comic books. Following the storm, residents ventured outside to find a wake of destruction with fallen trees and damaged homes.