Skip to comments.23 Photos Of Devastation After New England Hurricane Of 1938
Posted on 08/28/2011 4:49:42 PM PDT by Hojczyk
CULTURE BUZZ The most destructive hurricane to hit New England in the last two hundred years. Making landfall as a Category 3, the Long Island Express (hurricanes weren't named at the time) killed over 600 people and destroyed more than 57,000 homes
Dude, sailing ship ping. Water is good and bad.
What needless destruction. If only FDR had been wise enough to lower the levels of the seas and heal the planet.
thanks for satisfying out jones for hurricane devastation, which Irene was pretty much unable to do.
out jones >> our jones
What Irene might have done. So glad it turned out otherwise this time.
Never mind that the Hurricane of 1944 was a Cat 1 at the time that passed off the coast of Jersey and caused major storm surge destruction. We're just supposed to KNOW that Irene wasn't a real threat for such - after the fact.
I have read that if the same storm occurred now, taking the same path through Long Island, the loss of life would be astronomical.
Did Gorebot blame that one on Carbon, too?
Those pictures are incredible.I had never heard of the hurricane of 38, even from my grandparents.
I also never knew that ‘these’ existed till this weekend. All of them were found on youtube. Peruse at your convenience.
1938 Hurricane brushs past NJ
The Great New England Hurricane of 1938
1938 Hurricane slams East Coast Public Domain Footage Newsreel
Hurricane damage in Mastic and Moriches, Long Island, NY
long island express hurricane of 1938
Remembering the Hurricane of 1938
Hurricanes Hit The East Coast - 1938 / 1936 / 1933
The Great hurricane of 1938
Hurricane of 1938 - Part I through 6
1938 Telephone History Hurricane Repair
The same can be said for Miami or other major cities on the Eastern seaboard. For all the devastation wrought by Andrew in 1992 the fact that the main path was well south of the city was a blessing in terms of loss to life and property.
New York City tends to get a major (Cat 3 or better) storm once a century or so. The problem with rare events is that memories fade and the true power of nature tends to pass into legend and be forgotten.
Hurricanes are hardly unique in this regard. Similar scenarios can be constructed regarding any number of real but rare natural events.
Dutch elm disease was present in the US at the time, and was a problem. There was no real way to manage it, but the situation had not yet gotten out of hand.
However, in the wake of the hurricane, many toppled elm trees were left in place (people had more important things to take care of). The dead wood helped the beetle population explode and Dutch Elm dsease spread very rapidly as a result. Within just a few decades, elm trees were almost entirely gone from the American landscape.
Ping for later
I am so sick of blowhards on here claiming “nothing happened” because NEW YAWK didn’t get washed into the ocean. It seems as if NEW YAWK is the center of the universe, and if nothing happens to NEW YAWK, than it’s a wash.
Ask the folks on the OBX about Irene. Places that haven’t flooded in more than 80 years were under 6 feet of water last night. Hatteras Island was cut in half.
In my view what happened was that the preparations were made on the possibility that Irene would hit the NYC area as a cat 3 or 4. This possibility became a presumption and then doctrine. The driving rationale was that the public had to be scared into taking the storm seriously. After landfall in NC, though, Irene started winding down, and the scenario that drove the more drastic preparations, in particular the mandatory evacuation of 300,000 in NYC, was obviously not going to happen. Well, no one knew exactly how bad it would actually be, and the need to support public policy became the overriding doctrine, so the facts of the storm’s decline were simply not reported even though they were easy to see.
In addition to this, we had Obama and FEMA making political hay out of the whole thing, and the result was a media conflagration of historic proportions.
So yeah, it was a bad storm with lots of damage, but the reaction to the “hype” is legitimate and nothing to do with hindsight.
Hard to garner much sympathy from me for folks who choose to invest money to build a house on a sandbar.
I was really sad to see how hard it got hit by Irene.
the umbrella however is a total loss....
Thanks for posting, Hojczyk. Very interesting.
Thanks, provides a good reference pt.
57,000 homes destroyed, 600 killed, and a Cat. 3.
A CAT-5 going up the east in this way would be devastating..
The tornados would sweep the land.. in some places..
MAybe even a CAT-4....
Ping for later.
A serious hurricane that came straight out of the western Atlantic with no landfall till mid Long Island...and they of course had little clue what was upon them.
You have to go back to early 1800s (Great September Gale of 1815) to find another storm of similar strength like that to hit NE
Strong storms hitting populated NE are rare...it’s good to be further north in that case
Some people have been saying that nothing happened anywhere. Some people have been saying so from the time the storm was in N. Carolina. Despite Irene being about the size of Texas, some people have been saying it was never a hurricane. Some people have been saying it was all hype and for the benefit of Obama or...whatever. Nevermind that Irene was still flooding people out when it reached Vermont. Some people will say anything.
There certainly is mass confusion on that point.
When it hit North Carolina it was still a Cat 1 briefly, and I have not read about anyone claiming otherwise.
On the second landfall, near NYC, however it's a different story, because by then it had attenuated to a Tropical Storm, although the "mine was worse than yours" crowd are adamant that it was still a Cat 1 hurricane.
If we're going to have definitions, let's not allow the hysterical to manipulate reality.
As states farther north can testify, a Tropical Storm can be just as bad in terms of destruction, if not in lives lost.
Maybe the smartest thing people say about hurricanes is that they are unpredictable. Where I live in New York, we were treated to extra rain as the rain portion of the storm seemed to have a ‘tail’ hanging down. Maybe the same happened up in Vermont where some places really got flooded.
IIRC, the 1938 hurricane had a forward speed of about 60 mph when it reached New York, the highest on record. That made for quite high winds on the right side of the storm and relatively low winds on the left side. And that spared NYC the sort of damage suffered out on Long Island and in coastal New England.
Location, location, location. ;-)
Ooh, almost a GGG. :’)