ST. GEORGE'S, Bermuda -- A tropical bird stranded in Massachusetts by Hurricane Gloria flew 700 miles back home today to its native Bermuda -- in the baggage compartment of a jet. It was then the first significant hurricane to strike the northeastern United States since Hurricane Agnes in 1972. Wiki User 2008-10-11 21:26:20. Soon after, Hurricane Edna made landfall in eastern Massachusetts as a category 2 two weeks later. Storm surge tiges ranged from 4 to 7 feet above predicted astronomical tide. The hurricane lost intensity as it passed over northern New England, but by the time the storm reached Canada around 11 p.m. it was still powerful enough to cause widespread damage. New England History Hurricanes rarely reach in New England, but when they do, they can be deadly. Hurricane Gloria struck the East Coast on Sept. 27, 1985. What are the hurricanes that hit Massachusetts? Hurricane Gloria was a powerful Category 4 Cape Verde-type storm that prowled the Atlantic for 13 days, with highest winds of 145 mph. Category 2 Hurricane Carol hit Connecticut before tracking north into Massachusetts in August 1954. The list of United States hurricanes includes all tropical cyclones officially recorded to have produced sustained winds of greater than 74 mph (118 km/h) in the United States, which is the minimum threshold for hurricane intensity. Gloria effected the northeastern United States from North Carolina through Maine. Sustained wind speeds of hurricane force were observed at Cape Hatteras, North Carolina; Bridgeport, Connecticut; and Blue Hill and Scituate, Massachusetts.