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Long Island Express Hurricane, 1938

A 1938 hurricane devastated much of the northeastern U.S. coastline, and caused almost 700 deaths and the modern equivalent of billions in damage. We look into whether NYC is prepared for another major hurricane, and the damages that could result.
WPA workers cleaning up at Westhampton Beach.  Thanks to the Long Island Museum’s current exhibit, “Eye on the Storm: Long Island's Dangerous Coast”
WPA workers cleaning up at Westhampton Beach. Thanks to the Long Island Museum’s current exhibit, “Eye on the Storm: Long Island's Dangerous Coast” ( National Archives collection )
Storm surge hitting New York City battery, early afternoon, Sept. 21, 1938. Thanks to the Long Island Museum’s current exhibit, “Eye on the Storm: Long Island's Dangerous Coast”
Storm surge hitting New York City battery, early afternoon, Sept. 21, 1938. Thanks to the Long Island Museum’s current exhibit, “Eye on the Storm: Long Island's Dangerous Coast” ( NOAA Library. )
Water rushes over pier at Wood Hole, MA, Sept. 21, 1938. Thanks to the Long Island Museum’s current exhibit, “Eye on the Storm: Long Island's Dangerous Coast”
Water rushes over pier at Wood Hole, MA, Sept. 21, 1938. Thanks to the Long Island Museum’s current exhibit, “Eye on the Storm: Long Island's Dangerous Coast” ( NOAA Library )
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