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Great New England Hurricane Anniversary

Release date: 
September 13, 2000
Release Number: 
HQ-00-116

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Although this hurricane season has been relatively quiet, it is important to remember what storms have struck in past Septembers. The hurricane known as the Great New England Hurricane was born near the Florida coast on Sept. 13, 1938. When it hit Long Island, NY the storm was rated a Category Three hurricane with winds of 111-130 mph and a storm surge generally 9-12 ft above normal.

The storm tore up the eastern seaboard, turned into New England and killed 600, destroyed about 14,000 homes and sank 2,500 boats and ships.

Last Updated: 
March 29, 2016 - 20:05
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