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2013-09-20 01:46:04 PM
Wow...$41billion in today's dollars.
 
2013-09-20 01:47:52 PM
Hit Long Island hard too. They found records from Southampton town hall in Connecticut and Montauk became its own island for a while.
 
2013-09-20 01:48:42 PM
I blame Bush.
 
2013-09-20 01:51:32 PM
Thankfully, you do not hear about this incessantly.  I am looking at you Blizzard of '78.
 
2013-09-20 01:53:27 PM
New York centric reporting.  This went right up Narragansett bay and crushed Rhode Island, but not a mention in the article.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1938_New_England_hurricane#Rhode_Island

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Downtown Providence.

/hot x2
 
2013-09-20 01:59:50 PM
The hurricane that almost killed Katharine Hepburn.
 
2013-09-20 02:00:04 PM
Wait... I thought Hurricane Sand was unprecedented... this looks uncomfortably close to being just that. But how is that possible, Sandy was caused by global warming!
 
2013-09-20 02:01:38 PM
I think Cantore was there.
 
2013-09-20 02:04:38 PM

Monty845: Wait... I thought Hurricane Sand was unprecedented... this looks uncomfortably close to being just that. But how is that possible, Sandy was caused by global warming!


Global warming started in the 1800's.  Duh.
 
2013-09-20 02:05:31 PM
It amazes me how much has changed in storm prediction with the advent of Hurricane Hunter aircraft, Satellites and radar.  Nowdays we can look at the images and see where the storm is headed and take proper precautions days in advance.
 
2013-09-20 02:05:39 PM

derpy: New York centric reporting.  This went right up Narragansett bay and crushed Rhode Island, but not a mention in the article.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1938_New_England_hurricane#Rhode_Island

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Downtown Providence.

/hot x2


Providence centric reporting

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Narragansett pier.

Just kidding, here are a bunch of photos from Providence and Pawtucket. http://susanmedyn.com/hurricane-of-38-photos/
 
2013-09-20 02:08:18 PM

Gunny Highway: Thankfully, you do not hear about this incessantly.  I am looking at you Blizzard of '78.


This. I want to make a bumper sticker that says,

"I survived the Blizzard of 1978 2013"
 
2013-09-20 02:09:20 PM

derpy: New York centric reporting.  This went right up Narragansett bay and crushed Rhode Island, but not a mention in the article.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1938_New_England_hurricane#Rhode_Island

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Downtown Providence.

/hot x2


No kidding.  If any Farkers are ever in Watch Hill, RI, look up the coast at the Napatree Point peninsula. Before the '38 Hurricane, it was densely packed with houses.  Today, it looks like this:

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2013-09-20 02:12:41 PM
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Gunny Highway: derpy: New York centric reporting.  This went right up Narragansett bay and crushed Rhode Island, but not a mention in the article.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1938_New_England_hurricane#Rhode_Island

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Downtown Providence.

/hot x2

Providence centric reporting

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Narragansett pier.

Just kidding, here are a bunch of photos from Providence and Pawtucket. http://susanmedyn.com/hurricane-of-38-photos/


I always get a kick out of the "Height Of Water" plaques found throughout La Prov .
Makes the handful of hurricanes I lived through a total joke.

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2013-09-20 02:18:32 PM

Primitive Screwhead: I Gunny Highway: derpy: New York centric reporting.  This went right up Narragansett bay and crushed Rhode Island, but not a mention in the article.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1938_New_England_hurricane#Rhode_Island

[icons.wxug.com image 500x583]

[murderbytype.files.wordpress.com image 391x512]

Downtown Providence.

/hot x2

Providence centric reporting

[thesaltysailor.com image 520x331]

Narragansett pier.

Just kidding, here are a bunch of photos from Providence and Pawtucket. http://susanmedyn.com/hurricane-of-38-photos/

I always get a kick out of the "Height Of Water" plaques found throughout La Prov .
Makes the handful of hurricanes I lived through a total joke.

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Nice pictures!  I am going to have to keep an eye out I have never noticed them before.
 
2013-09-20 02:24:30 PM
Gunny Highway:

I pretty sure the Biltmore has one, maybe some of the older buildings near the Arcade but there's a handful of older buildings near RISD on South Main that have them.
 
2013-09-20 02:25:50 PM
But who played the benefit conert?
 
2013-09-20 02:27:14 PM
yoursafewordisharder:

No kidding.  If any Farkers are ever in Watch Hill, RI, look up the coast at the Napatree Point peninsula. Before the '38 Hurricane, it was densely packed with houses.  Today, it looks like this:

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Hey, that's an improvement. Thanks, global warming!
 
2013-09-20 02:27:40 PM

Catsaregreen: I blame Bush.


Why? He didn't do anything.

/for five days.
 
2013-09-20 02:28:48 PM
My grandfather was a teenager during this storm, living in either Berlin or New Britain, I'm unsure of which. In his last years as his mind began to go, he was constantly talking about this hurricane. Apparently all of the great oak trees on his street were felled during the night.

So maybe in 70 years we'll stop hearing about Sandy?
 
2013-09-20 02:35:23 PM
My existence upon this earth is owed to the fact that my grandfather, was a stubborn old cuss, and a ship's captain before he was a lawyer.  He and his family (including my dad) were enjoying a last seaside vacation of the year that weekend.   He felt an odd change in the weather and called the National Weather Service to check on incoming weather.  They assured him that the Hurricane they had been tracking had turned back out to sea and was of no threat to the coast.

However, having been a ocean-going freighter captain in the days before radar and satellite weather, he KNEW better, his internal barometer told him the Hurricaine was headed right straight for them, and it was gonna be a big'un.  So, he packed his family up, over his wife and Kid's vociferous objections and got the hell inland as fast as he could.   I have seen old home movies of the seaside cottage they were staying in, which was picked up and carried over two miles insland and deposited on a nearby golf course.
 
2013-09-20 02:35:52 PM

TheHumanCannonball: So maybe in 70 years we'll stop hearing about Sandy?


My parents just got back into their house.  They live in a town that was almost completely destroyed.  Many of their friends and neighbors arent rebuilding and a once strong community is in shambles.

I can honestly tell you that I hardly ever hear about Sandy unless I am visiting home.  Where do you live that it is still such a discussed topic.

/get ready because the anniversary is right around the corner
 
2013-09-20 02:36:16 PM
The hurricane was caused by Obama so he could raise your taxes, fight climate change, and destroy America, which he hates. It's a rare example of Obama using the HAARP weather machine and the Obama time machine together to cause chaos two generations before he was born or indeed, before either machine was built.
 
2013-09-20 02:37:17 PM
Trenton has some of those water markers too.  Also (and I wish I could find it), my grandfather took a picture of one of the RR bridges over the delaware (roughly 70' up), and it was almost covered in water.  Wow!
 
2013-09-20 02:37:46 PM
 
2013-09-20 02:40:22 PM

BizarreMan: It amazes me how much has changed in storm prediction with the advent of Hurricane Hunter aircraft, Satellites and radar.  Nowdays we can look at the images and see where the storm is headed and take proper precautions days in advance.


The NWS screwed the pooch on this one.  They issued advisory bulletins stating the Hurricane was headed back out to see and would not make landfall in the US (back then they relied on barometer readings and visual observation made by commerical ships as they crossed the Atlantic to develop their predictions)
 
2013-09-20 02:46:45 PM
Great picture "yoursafewordisharder".  I should thank the 38 Hurricane for giving me a quiet beach to "go for walks with ladies" I picked up in Misquamicut.
 
2013-09-20 02:49:21 PM
My grandfather told me about this storm. He said he and his friends were playing outside and decided it was time to go in when they had to start dodging roof shingles
 
2013-09-20 02:54:28 PM

derpy: New York centric reporting.  This went right up Narragansett bay and crushed Rhode Island, but not a mention in the article.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1938_New_England_hurricane#Rhode_Island

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Downtown Providence.


I blame Nagin for not getting the streetcars out of town.
 
2013-09-20 03:00:11 PM
I'm waiting to see what happens when or if there's a replay of <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Colonial_Hurricane">The Great Colonial Hurricane of 1635</a>. That might be more destructive than Katrina if it were to happen.

(and that's not to mention the studies that have been done on a hurricane similar to the 1938 hurricane heading straight into Lower Manhattan. JFK Airport would be under 20 feet of water, along with pretty much everything in lower Manhattan)
 
2013-09-20 03:03:05 PM

WelldeadLink: derpy: New York centric reporting.  This went right up Narragansett bay and crushed Rhode Island, but not a mention in the article.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1938_New_England_hurricane#Rhode_Island

[icons.wxug.com image 500x583]

[img.fark.net image 391x512]
Downtown Providence.

I blame Nagin for not getting the streetcars out of town.


If you are at all interested in RI History and RI public transit, labor history, or trolley cars you should check out this book,

www.bondcliffbooks.com

http://www.amazon.com/Trolley-Wars-Streetcar-Becoming-Nineteenth-Cen tu ry/dp/1584656301

Good read and the author is a great guy.
 
2013-09-20 03:17:09 PM
Before the hurricane Easton's Beach in Newport RI looked like the boardwalk in in Atlantic City, but now if you fly over the pond just on the back side of the beach on a clear day you can see where it all went.
 
2013-09-20 03:52:47 PM

Gunny Highway: TheHumanCannonball: So maybe in 70 years we'll stop hearing about Sandy?

My parents just got back into their house.  They live in a town that was almost completely destroyed.  Many of their friends and neighbors arent rebuilding and a once strong community is in shambles.

I can honestly tell you that I hardly ever hear about Sandy unless I am visiting home.  Where do you live that it is still such a discussed topic.

/get ready because the anniversary is right around the corner


I apologize if it came off a bit more insensitive that it meant to be. It sucks people lost their homes and are still rebuilding. But my remark was more aimed at the "New York-centric"-ness of the reporting. Which, as you said, the anniversary is coming up, and guess what? the article on the '38 hurricane mostly spoke of New York area damages.

Since you asked, I have family in both northern CT, southern CT, not that there's much difference in the bigger scheme of things. Non immediate family in NYC and NJ. I was born and raised in CT. So it does have an impact on me personally.

Time to move on however. Keep the lost in your hearts and minds, keep a scrap book, and it's time to rebuild. Move houses off the beaches, don't build in areas where flooding is prevalent, and time to upgrade infrastructure and emergency plans if necessary.
 
2013-09-20 10:16:18 PM
Mom was growing up in Palmer,Ma when the hurricane hit.  One of the few things she still remembers is the flooding in the streets.
Palmer is approximately 80 miles inland.  It was a big storm.  Surprised more folks don't know about it.
 
2013-09-21 05:07:34 PM
Mom was about six months old and living in Somerville, MA when it came through.  Grandma always said that before then she was just fine during storms and after it she started freaking out during them.  So naturally she married a guy who liked to sit out on the (covered) front porch and watch the pretty lightning.  I'm the only one of the family who inherited her phobia, unfortunately.

And for a really good, non-NYC-centric book about the Hurricane of '38, read A Wind to Shake the World by Everett S. Allen.  He was a journalist who was on the first day of his new job when the storm hit, plus he was a local, so he was able to get stories that others couldn't.
 
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