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2013

The Great New England Hurricane of 1938

Seventy–five years ago, on September 21, 1938 a deadly and devastating hurricane came ashore near Bellport, Long Island. Believed to be a Category 3 hurricane at landfall with sustained winds of 120 mph, the storm caused unprecedented destruction and casualties for the Northeastern US. Significant wind damages were experienced throughout the region, and many coastal towns were completely wiped out by storm surge heights exceeding 10 feet. When this type of storm occurs again, the insured damages and economic losses could be larger than any storm seen to date because of the enormous concentrations of property values along the coasts of New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts.

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