The Great Hurricane: 1938

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Grove Press, 2006 - History - 230 pages
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On the night of September 21, 1938, news on the radio was full of the invasion of Czechoslovakia. There was no mention of severe weather. By the time oceanfront residents noticed an ominous yellow color in the sky, it was too late. In a matter of hours, a massive hurricane of unprecedented force ripped its way from Long Island to Providence, obliterating coastal communities, destroying whole commercial fishing fleets from Montauk to Narragansett Bay, and killing seven hundred people. Early that morning, old-salt fishermen heading out on calm seas noticed a sudden drop in the barometer, which made some turn back. Hurrling toward them at a record speed was a powerful hurricane--the big cat stalking the coast was ready to strike. It struck Long Island with the tide at an all-time high under a full, equinox moon. The sea rose out of its shores like a demon, with catastrophic waves surging over fifty feet. Winds whipped up to 186 miles per hour, trashing boats and smashing homes from Long Island to Connecticut and Rhode Island. Most victims never knew what hit them. Flowing through "The Great Hurricane: 1938 are personal stories of those like the Moore family who were sucked to sea clinging to a raft formerly their attic floor. Like "The Perfect Storm, Burns's masterful storytelling follows the storm's punishing path in a seamless and suspenseful narrative, preserving for posterity the legendary story of the Great Hurricane.

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User Review  - Becky - Goodreads

I was excited to read this book because I expected it to be similar to Isaac's Storm, which is about the 1900 hurricane that destroyed Galveston. I was disappointed, mostly because it was boring ... Read full review

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User Review  - Leanne O'shea - Goodreads

Interesting human perspective angle, and less of a disaster than the looming federal budget. But need to get back to the serious theory reading now! Read full review

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Cherie Burns is a prolific freelance writer whose work has appeared in the "New York Times", "People", Glamour", "Sports Illustrated", "US", "New York", "Self", and "Working Woman". Burns is one of the first writers to address stepfamily dynamics, and is the mother of two teenage children and the stepmother of two adult stepdaughters with two stepgrandchildren. She lives in New York City.

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