Friday, August 26, 2011

Hurricane Irene

Looks like the last Hurricane we had here in New England, The Great Hurricane of 1938, was the first major hurricane to strike New England since 1869. The storm formed near the coast of Africa in September of the 1938  becoming a Category 5 hurricane before making land fall as a Category 3 hurricane on Long Island NY on September 21. The hurricane was estimated to have killed between 682 and 800 people,[2] damaged or destroyed over 57,000 homes, and caused property losses estimated at US$306 million ($ 4.77 billion in 2011).[3] Even as late as 1951, damaged trees and buildings were still seen in the affected areas.[4] To date it remains the most powerful, costliest and deadliest hurricane in New England history. See Wikipedia: