70 years since the great storm struck

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The Hurricane of 1938, also known as the Great New England Hurricane or Long Island Express, devastated the region after making landfall Sept. 21 as a Category 3 hurricane near high tide on New York’s Long Island.

The Hurricane of 1938, also known as the Great New England Hurricane or Long Island Express, devastated the region after making landfall Sept. 21 as a Category 3 hurricane near high tide on New York’s Long Island.

 

The fast-moving storm was traveling at 60 to 70 mph, packing sustained winds of more than 100 mph and produced tides of 14 to 18 feet across the Connecticut coast and 18 to 25 feet east to Cape

 

Cod, according to the National Weather Service. Coupled with three to six inches of rainfall in the western part of the storm, overwhelming flooding left some communities under as much as eight feet of water.

An estimated 564 people died from the storm, which destroyed nearly 9,000 homes and buildings and 2,600 boats, according to the

 

NWS. An additional 3,300 boats were damaged as entire fleets were lost in marinas and yacht clubs along Rhode Island’s Narragansett Bay.