Today marks the 80th anniversary of the 1938 "Long Island Express" New England hurricane!
This was New England's "Katrina" -- our "benchmark" storm at Category 3.5 Although most deadly and destructive, taking over 600 lives in New England and causing millions of dollars in damage, the story behind this storm and the people who both perished and survived is fascinating. Not sure if there are still survivors after 80 years, and if there are, they would have been very young kids at that time.
Many books have been written about this "perfect" storm telling of its track, intensity, origins, impact on geography, impacts on regional economics and especially the lives it changed and the damage it caused. Be sure to check out these publications but also be sure to google this hurricane and you will find loads of information. Best of all, try to catch the annual showing of PBS's "Wake of 38" documentary -- it is definitely one not to miss!
Check out my website gallery on the 1938 Hurricane at this link: