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  New England Hurricane of 1938 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The New England Hurricane of 1938 (or Great New England Hurricane or Long Island Express or simply The Great Hurricane of 1938) was the first major hurricane to strike New England since 1869.
The hurricane was forecast by the U.S. National Weather Service to curve out into the Atlantic Ocean but instead continued almost due north.
The hurricane produced storm tides of 14 to 18 feet across most of the Long Island and Connecticut coast, with 18 to 25 foot tides from New London east to Cape Cod.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Great_New_England_Hurricane_of_1938   (839 words)

The 1938 Hurricane is the most intense tropical cyclone to strike the United States Atlantic coastline north of North Carolina.
The track of the 1938 hurricane from the tropical Atlantic to landfall in the Northeastern United States (Track chart courtesy of National Hurricane Center).
Although the 1938 hurricane was certainly not the strongest hurricane to hit the United States, the combination of a strong hurricane, moving very rapidly, and striking a densely populated area - created property damage unequaled up to that time.
www.geocities.com /hurricanene/hurr1938.htm   (2916 words)

 Northern Express
Yet, that’s precisely the case with R.A. Scotti’s "Sudden Sea: The Great Hurricane of 1938," a gripping, page-turning work of non-fiction from the former journalist and novelist of thrillers and stories of international espionage.
Not only does Scotti vividly document the destruction wreaked by a freak 1938 storm that made the East Coast’s recent brush with Hurricane Isabel look light a light spring rain, but she accents it with insights into the strengths and weaknesses of humanity that give the book great depth and emotional impact.
Most hurricanes attack with three weapons: swirling winds so strong that chickens are plucked clean of their feathers, rain so heavy that it turns tributaries into rampaging Mississippis, and waves so high that at first glance they may look like a fogbank rolling in.
www.northernexpress.com /editorial/features.asp?id=157   (881 words)

 details on   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
The hurricane of 1938 ripped through several states along the Northeastern coast of the US and killed nearly 700 people.
The ability to comprehend the incomprehensible meant that any chance of escape was severely limited.The hurricane struck so rapidly and powerfully that people could be up to their waist in the storm surge waters within a minute, long before the reality of the hurricane’s existence could be grasped.
This was an intimate story of the victims and survivors of a storm that arrived both unannounced and unexpected and proceeded to devastate everything in it’s path in a precise and impartial manner, leaving behind death, destruction and shattered lives.
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 Poland-Hurricane of 1938
Of all the hurricanes that have made their way to New England, the hurricane of 38' will long be remembered as the most destructive and costliest of storms.
On September 15, 1938, the storm was upgraded to a hurricane well to the east of Puerto Rico.
To the people of that era, hurricanes were storms that either occurred in the tropics, or they had no idea what a hurricane was.
www.pivot.net /~cotterly/1938.htm   (1638 words)

 Books : Sudden Sea : The Great Hurricane of 1938   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
The ability to comprehend the incomprehensible meant that any chance of escape was severely limited.The hurricane struck so quickly and powerfully that people could be up to their waist in the storm surge waters within a minute, long before the reality of the hurricane's existence could be grasped.
The great Hurricane of 1938, which very first made landfall on Long Island before barreling into New England, was an unusual storm in that, because of its speed of movement, gave no warning.
The impact of the 1938 hurricane on Long Island, while evident from the several excellent photographs, was given short shrift, probably because the author did not seek out Long Island sources or could not find any.
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 Gone With the Wind | The San Diego Union-Tribune
The Great Hurricane of 1938 was the last of its kind.
But on Sept. 21, 1938, when 100 mph winds created a deafening howl and a storm surge pushed waters into shorefront basements, then the first floors and later the second floors, they had to quickly gather their wits and come up with a plan.
"Great Hurricane 1938" is not so much a cautionary tale, because we live in a vastly different world with technological advances that have greatly reduced the risks.
www.signonsandiego.com /uniontrib/20050731/news_lz1v31gone.html   (590 words)

 Similar to Katrina, 1938 hurricane wreaked havoc over six states and hundreds of miles   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
"It" was the unnamed "Great Hurricane of 1938," the storm that reshaped dozens of communities not only on the shore, where the storm surge was as high as 17 feet, but also hundreds of miles inland because of the flooding rains that occurred both before and during the storm.
The Sept. 21, 1938 catastrophe is the sixth most damaging hurricane to strike the continental U.S. since 1926, according to Roger Pielke Jr., a professor of environmental studies at the University of Colorado, and Christopher Landsea, a research meteorologist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Researchers say a replay of the 1938 hurricane would be especially devastating because of the monstrous storm surge and heavy flooding associated with the storm.
info.insure.com /home/disaster/1938hurricane.html   (880 words)

 Hurricaneville Book Review: August, 2005
The Great Hurricane of 1938, or the Long Island Express as this web site has referred to it, was one of the most powerful and deadliest storms of all time.
The 1935 hurricane was a contributing factor to the way in which the 1938 hurricane was forecasted, particularly from the Jacksonville, Florida office.
Scotti also goes into great detail on how destructive the hurricane was including how the trees were damaged, leaves were stripped from them, sand was stirred up by the wind, the smell of salt pervaded the air for miles, and how people tried to deal with the storm.
www.hurricaneville.com /book_review_aug_2005.html   (1397 words)

 Force of Nature
On that Wednesday, there was little warning to residents that one of America's most powerful hurricanes ever was about to wreck havoc with their lives.
However, on September 19th the then category 5 hurricane turned suddenly to the north and the sunshine state residents breathed a sigh of relief.
Though in years before and after, New England and thus our campus have been hit by other storms and hurricanes, none have had the destructive power of this storm that has been ranked the 6th costliest storm in US history - the "Great Hurricane" of 1938.
www.mtholyoke.edu /courses/rschwart/hatlas/trees/hurricane.htm   (544 words)

 East Hampton Star - In the News   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
At noon on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 1938, an untested forecaster with the United States Weather Bureau made a startling prediction: The powerful hurricane that was thought to have veered away from a collision course with south Florida into the open ocean had actually accelerated and had Long Island and New England in its sights.
Without a system of civil preparedness in 1938, it is doubtful that officials could have evacuated the coasts where most of the victims of the storm died, in any event.
David E. Rattray, the editor of The East Hampton Star, was the associate producer of "The Hurricane of 1938," a documentary for "The American Experience" that appeared on PBS stations.
www.easthamptonstar.com /20030918/crit1.htm   (1033 words)

 NYC Office of Emergency Management - NYC Hurricane History   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
Fortunately, New York City experienced the weaker "left side" of the 1938 hurricane — the City was 75 miles from the eye when it passed over Long Island.
Many hurricane experts say the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico have begun to spin off more frequent and destructive hurricanes than in previous decades.
Hurricane Felix lingered off the East Coast for nearly a week in 1995, menacing the northeastern US before it finally drifted out to sea.
www.nyc.gov /html/oem/html/readynewyork/hazard_hurricane_history.html   (771 words)

 The Books: Sudden Sea by R. A. Scotti   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
On September 21, 1938, the fastest hurricane on record caught the Northeast by surprise and left a wake of death and destruction across seven states.
On the morning of September 21, 1938, the swath of coastline from Cape May to Cape Cod was the wealthiest and most populous in the world.
The Great Hurricane of 1938 scarred a landscape and a generation.
www.twbookmark.com /books/49/0316739111   (340 words)

 The Great Hurricane of 1938 - The Long Island Express
The Great Hurricane of 1938 - The Long Island Express
he immediate affect of this powerful hurricane was to decimate many Long Island communities in terms of human and economic losses, however, the long term effects linger today.
The '38 Hurricane created the Shinnecock Inlet and widened Moriches Inlet which, to this day, are changing the landscape of the south shore due to their influence on the natural littoral sand transport.
www2.sunysuffolk.edu /mandias/38hurricane   (316 words)

 Atlantic hurricane - maps - updates - news - Boston.com
Reliving one of New England's worst natural disasters, the author weaves a dramatic tale of the struggle to survive the Great Hurricane of 1938.
Hurricane coverage from The Ledger, covering Lakeland, Polk County and Central Florida.
Hurricane coverage of the Central Gulf Coast of Florida from the Sarasota Herald Tribune.
www.boston.com /news/weather/hurricanes   (506 words)

 RelishNow | The fascinating, forgotten hurricane of 1938
The history books are mostly silent, however, about one of the biggest and deadliest of hurricanes ever to hit the United States, that unnamed hurricane of 1938.
The hurricane was east and north of Puerto Rico at 7 p.m.
Maybe the most fascinating aspect of the book, however, is the look it gives us of America in late 1938, when the country was still struggling from the Great Depression and when many things we take for granted now, such as good communications, did not exist.
www.journalnow.com /servlet/Satellite?pagename=WSJ/MGArticle/WSJ_RelishArticle&c=MGArticle&cid=1128769031332   (677 words)

 Movies.com: Marketplace
In "Great Hurricane: 1938" Cherie Burns transports her readers back to that tragic day and gives them a glimpse of just what is was like to live through such a tumultuous event.
"Great Hurricane: 1938" is a significant addition to the historical record of this legendary storm.
During the height of the hurricane Downtown Providence was inundated with 18 feet of water.
movies.go.com /marketplace/details?asin=087113893X&allreviews=true   (1138 words)

 Tri-State Awareness Series: The 1938 Hurricane
Hughes stated that major hurricanes have hit the New York region in 1635, 1815, 1821, 1893, and 1938.
A hurricane also supposedly struck Staten Island in November, 1950, and it was the worst storm to hit there.
While this particular storm probably was not a hurricane since hurricanes usually don't affect the East Coast in November as the season is winding down by that time, it may have been a nor' easter.
www.hurricaneville.com /1938_hurricane.html   (1303 words)

 NewStandard: 8/24/97
It's the season for hurricanes on the SouthCoast and the volunteer weather spotter for the National Weather Service couldn't be more at home.
The general rule is when a hurricane makes landfall it loses its power and fairly rapidly degenerates, but Danny, which struck the Gulf Coast earlier this year, kept much of its power as it swept through Louisiana and as far inland as Georgia.
Baron has been fascinated by weather, particularly hurricanes, since he was a child and a neighbor, the late Leonard Stubbs, gave him a collection of memorabilia from the Great Hurricane of 1938.
www.s-t.com /daily/08-97/08-24-97/b06lo083.htm   (551 words)

 R.A. Scotti - Sudden Sea: The Great Hurricane of 1938
In September of 1938, a giant hurricane threatened the eastern Florida coast.
The great New England Hurricane of 1938 was 500 miles in diameter, about the same size as Ohio.
Scotti follows the path of the hurricane from it's birth in the south through its havoc in Canada.
www.thebookhaven.net /Z_Sudden_Sea.html   (250 words)

 1938 - Webled.com
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 The Great Hurricane of 1938
The center of the hurricane may be from seven to 20 miles in diameter and is it an area of comparative calm.
The hurricane was also driving the tide before it and, as the water hit the shallows of the continental shelf, the sea was spilled onto the land with terrific force.
Flooding in the aftermath of the 1938 New England Hurricane.
www.southstation.org /hurr1.htm   (1869 words)

 Riding Out the Storm
Many survivors of the hurricane -- now in their eighties and nineties but with memories that seem as clear as they were nearly seven decades ago -- spoke to Burns about their experiences.
As the hurricane moved inland, it quickly lost strength, but its effects were felt throughout the region.
Whole communities disappeared, especially in Rhode Island; at Napatree Point, "all of the thirty-nine houses that were standing on the morning of the hurricane had been washed away." In the beautiful old town of Westerly, 200 people died, and 240 died in the state as a whole.
www.washingtonpost.com /wp-dyn/content/article/2005/07/18/AR2005071801258.html   (857 words)

 BostonHerald.com - the Edge: R.A. > Sudden Sea: The Great Hurricane of 1938   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
It would become ``the Great Hurricane of 1938,'' the most devastating storm in New England history.
But the Great Hurricane of 1938 struck with a fourth weapon: surprise.
It was an extreme hurricane, popularly known as ``a 100-year storm.'' Now, 65 years later, explanations and analyses of the missed forecast are still being debated.
theedge.bostonherald.com /bookReviews/view.bg?articleid=92&format=   (596 words)

 The Great Hurricane of 1938 - Hurricane of '38 Storm Track
he graphic below from Purdue University shows the track of the Great Hurricane of 1938 as it moved across the Atlantic Ocean and up the Eastern Seaboard.
At its peak intensity, the '38 Hurricane was a category 5 storm on the Saffir-Simpson Scale with maximum sustained winds of 161 mph.
Red indicates hurricane information on September 21st when the storm made landfall.
www2.sunysuffolk.edu /mandias/38hurricane/track.html   (87 words)

 The Great Unnamed Hurricane of 1938 In Southern New England, USA
The 1938 hurricane landed on the shores of New England quite unannounced, unnamed, and very much unexpected.
September 10th, 1938 is the first day the weather disturbance was tracked as a tropical storm.
Even though we think of these great storms as 'roaring in like a freight train', the truth is we now have many early warning systems in place to help avoid major loss of life.
www.weathersage.com /storms/1938   (1602 words)

 The Great Hurricane: 1938 Natural History - Find Articles
The devastation wrought by hurricane Katrina still feels like a punch in the belly of the Southeast, but surely, at least, the warning and evacuation saved many lives.
Hurricanes hardly happen there anyway, but with no timely warning, the storm caught everyone by surprise.
Spawned in the eastern Atlantic and reported by a few passing vessels as it headed northeast after skirting the Bahamas, the great storm disappeared from weather stations when it missed northern Florida and headed out to sea.
www.findarticles.com /p/articles/mi_m1134/is_8_114/ai_n15690919   (304 words)

 Q&A with R. A. Scotti on Sudden Sea: The Great Hurricane of 1938 on National Review Online
The 1938 hurricane was the most-destructive national disaster that had ever struck the U.S. — worse than the San Francisco Earthquake, the Chicago Fire, or any Mississippi flood.
The hurricane of 1938 was a storm of such extreme power and fury that the memory of it is permanently etched on the minds and in the hearts of those who endured it.
The hurricane of 1938 was so extreme, it is almost impossible to exaggerate its impact.
www.nationalreview.com /interrogatory/interrogatory091803.asp   (1163 words)

 American Experience | The Hurricane of '38 | Further Reading
This page from the National Weather Service's Northeast River Forecast Center explains what happened to all the rainwater that fell during the 1938 Hurricane, and lists the flood levels of several major rivers.
The Hartford Courant presents a collection of hurricane stories that ran in the newspaper in 1998, marking the 60th anniversary of the disaster.
The 1938 Hurricane: An Historical and Pictorial Summary.
www.pbs.org /wgbh/amex/hurricane38/filmmore/fr.html   (353 words)

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