posted on Jun, 13 2005 @ 08:58 AM
here is an interesting article about the 1938 hurricane that hit NYC and Long Island.
The Hurricane that Hit NYC
It is being written to warn people that big hurricane do hit our area and that they should listen to evacuation orders.
from the original article
Because of the population density, a successful evacuation of vulnerable low-lying areas in and around New York City and metropolitan New Jersey would
actually have to start sooner than what is typically ordered in Florida and elsewhere, officials have determined based on studies by the Army Corps of
But hurricanes move more quickly and become very difficult to predict when they head north of the Carolinas. In a likely scenario, experts say, there
might only be hours of warning.
History reveals that New York and the Northeast have been hit hard before, and with little warning. Scientists say the next major hurricane to strike
the city is a question of when, not if.
The eastern end of Long Island actually caught the brunt of this hurricane and our area had some loss of life and much property damage. On a lighter
note I had an uncle who worked for a company that processed menhaden and he was on one of the fishing trawlers that was put out to sea to ride out
the storm. It took him 2 days to get his land legs back and be able to walk straight after they came back to shore.
I think that any old time families living in our area will have no trouble remembering that it isn't a question of if a major hurricane will hit us
again but when will it happen. I was taught by parents and other family who went thru this 1938 hurricane that you are always as prepared as possible
when hurricane season starts.
In fact, we are generally hit pretty hard every so often by hurricanes that aren't as strong as the '38 hurricane - which makes me wonder why people
don't take hurricane warnings seriously. But I guess part of my confusion comes from the fact that DH is a member of the Fire Department and Rescue
Squad out there risking his life trying to convince people to move out before they can not get to them because of the storm.