Footage of “Long Island Express” Hurricane in 1938 [Video]

Posted on: October 29th, 2012 at 9:49 am by

[Battery Park, 1938; Photo: National Weather Service]

As we sit and wait for the arrival of Hurricane Sandy on the shores of Manhattan, let’s hop back in time to the Great Hurricane of 1938 (aka Long Island Express). This historic weather event landed on Long Island as a category 3 storm, and is still considered the most powerful, costliest, and deadliest storm in recent Northeast memory. Ten city dwellers were killedin the storm; power was lost above 59th Street and the then-new IND subway line; 100 Central Park trees were destroyed.

While Manhattan was spared a direct hit, winds in excess of 75 mph (some say the Empire State Building swayed) pushed the waterways a few blocks into the city. Sound familiar?

[h/t io9]

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