85th Anniversary of Devastating 1938 New England Hurricane – Unforgettable Stories and Lessons Learned, US

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Updated: 4:27 AM, Fri September 22, 2023

85th Anniversary of Devastating 1938 New England Hurricane – Unforgettable Stories and Lessons Learned

Thursday, September 21, marked the 85th anniversary of the Great Hurricane of 1938, a catastrophic storm that ravaged Southern New England and Long Island, claiming more than 800 lives. Today, we reflect on the unforgettable stories and lessons learned from this historic disaster.

In terms of New England’s recorded history, the Great Hurricane of 1938 remains the strongest and deadliest hurricane ever experienced. Utilizing modern technology, it is estimated that the hurricane made landfall on Long Island and then Connecticut as a Category 3 storm, with sustained winds of 121 mph. The strongest gust recorded during the storm reached a staggering 186 mph in Milton, Mass., while Providence endured sustained winds of 100 mph.

Historian Jim Garman, who has spent years researching and preserving the history of this devastating hurricane, has had the privilege to speak with survivors and witness their remarkable stories and pictures. One account that has remained etched in his memory is that of a family who floated on their roof to survive.

The roof broke off from the house and floated down Common Fence Point, Garman shared. It first went towards Fall River, then it turned, when the wind turned it went under the Mt. Hope Bridge, and the three members of the family were picked up, the Boudreau family.

The lack of media coverage and general disbelief that the storm would impact the region left people unaware of the impending disaster. The storm caught many off guard without proper warning or time to evacuate.

Garman emphasizes the importance of educating people about past events to enhance preparedness for the future. By understanding the history of catastrophic hurricanes like the one in 1938, communities can better equip themselves for potential natural disasters.

As we remember the 85th anniversary of the Great Hurricane of 1938, let us honor those who lost their lives and learn from the stories of survival. It is a stark reminder to remain vigilant and prepared for the unpredictable forces of nature.

In conclusion, the Great Hurricane of 1938 stands as a testament to the resilience of the affected communities and the valuable lessons learned. By preserving the stories and raising awareness, we can ensure that future generations are well-informed and prepared to face the challenges posed by extreme weather events. Let us remember the past, learn from it, and strive for a safer and more resilient future.

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