The Impacts Of The Great New England Hurricane Of 1938

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The Great New England Hurricane of 1938 was one of the most destructive and devastating hurricanes in history. The conditions (strong winds, pouring rain, and high waves) are a large part of what made the storm so powerful, but the element of surprise and the speed at which it traveled were what caused so many losses. The impacts of the 1938 hurricane will be remembered for a long time to come.

The 1938 storm formed on September 13 northwest of the Cape Verde Islands off the coast of Africa, reaching hurricane strength just three days later. Soon, the storm was 500 miles wide, with winds of more than 155 miles per hour. For several days, it moved west across the Atlantic with a forward speed of about 20 mph. Consequently, ships near the storm
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