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Hurricane of ’38 Trivia | New England by the Numbers

Fun facts and trivia about the Hurricane of 1938

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9/21/1938
date when the most powerful hurricane on record hit New England

47 mph
speed at which the storm zoomed from Long Island up through New England

25,000
homes damaged

26,000
automobiles destroyed

430,000
logging truckloads’ worth of downed timber

10,121
miles of road cleared by the axes and handsaws of the New England Forest Emergency crew

five
billion $: adjusted cost of infra­structure repairs

186 mph
strongest hurricane land gusts ever recorded

600
estimated lives lost in New England

ONE
lighthouse keeper perished: Walter Eberle, swept away when Rhode Island’s Whale Rock Light collapsed

fifteen 
million acres (three times the size of Massachusetts): footprint of the storm’s damage

32–52 years:
projected wait until the next catastrophic hurricane hits Rhode Island and Cape Cod

Read more: Thirty-Eight: The Hurricane That Transformed New England by Stephen Long (Yale, 2016)

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