Great New England Hurricane of 1938

On September 21, 1938, one of the most destructive and powerful hurricanes in recorded history struck Long Island and Southern New England. The storm developed near the Cape Verde Islands on September 9, tracking across the Atlantic and up the Eastern Seaboard. The storm hit Long Island and Southern Connecticut on September 21, moving at a forward speed of 47 mph! Sustained hurricane force winds were felt across central and eastern Long Island and southeastern Connecticut. The hurricane produced a destructive storm surge flooding coastal communities as well as producing three to seven inches of rainfall. - US National Weather service


Y/M/D Description Place
1938/09/21 95 mph winds from the New England Hurricane push tidal waters to reach 13 feet and 8 and half inches above mean high water Market House, Providence, RI
1938/09/21 An extremely destructive hurricane devastates much of coastal Rhode Island. Given its exposed location, the Clambake Club fares relatively well. Clambake Club of Newport, Middletown, RI
1938/09/21 1938 Hurricane roars through Blithewold damaging a c 1895 stone and frame boathouse (originally a bathhouse, partially rebuilt after the storm) and destroys the boatman's house near the dock.
1938/09/21 The Hepburn family's shingled Victorian monstrosity floats out to sea in the 1938 New England hurricane Hepburn Estate, Old Saybrook
1938/09/21 Max Recorded Wind Gust of The Great New England Hurricane: 186 mph at Blue Hill Observatory, MA Great Blue Hill Weather Observatory, Milton
1938/09/21 Phillips' Mid C19 barn is destroyed in the 1938 hurricane. As of 1988, dry-laid granite foundations of the large barn (set end to the road) remain, east side of Johnson Rd, directly across from Phillip's house. Moosup Valley Historic District, Foster, RI
1938/09/21 The Hurricane of 1938 destroys the tower that topped Dean Hall (roughly the same height as the modern radio antenna) and it was not rebuilt. Dean Junior College Historic District, Franklin
1938/09/21 Masury summer home is ruined and the recreation wing severely damaged by the Hurricane of 1938. The main house will be dismantled and the recreation wing rebuilt. Masury Estate Ballroom, Brookhaven, NY
1940/00/00 The Martha-Mary Chapel is built by Henry Ford at Richmond Hill Plantation from trees felled in the Hurricane of 1938, shipped north and erected by the Wayside Inn. Longfellow's Wayside Inn, Sudbury, MA

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Weather: Cyclones, Hurricanes and Typhoons
Meteorology: Stormy Weather

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