New England Hurricane of 1938

It was one of the worst hurricanes to hit New England. Meteorologist Josh Fitzpatrick talks about the great 1938 hurricane and if it could happen again soon!

All eyes have been on hurricane Earl lately.  Thankfully it wasn't as bad as it could have been!  Below is the path Earl took, along with its wind field.

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There was a similar type of hurricane in 1938 which actually hit New England.  I received a question from Angie in Ashland, one of my blog readers and she wanted to know about that particular storm. 

It was the first major hurricane to strike New England since 1869. The storm formed near the coast of Africa in September of the 1938 Atlantic hurricane season, becoming a Category 5.  It made landfall as a Category 3 hurricane on Long Island on September 21st. The hurricane was estimated to have killed between 682 and 800 people, damaged or destroyed more than 57,000 homes and caused property losses estimated at $306 million ($4.72 billion in 2010).  In 1951, damaged trees and buildings were still to be seen in the affected areas.  To date it remains the most powerful, costliest and deadliest hurricane in New England history.

Here's the path the hurricane took.

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