Hurricane History For Long Island

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hurricane history for long island

Hurricane History For Long Island

I've been doing research on the Hurricane history for Long Island.

Since I was born in 1965, I only remember the hurricanes from 1976 and forward.

Hurricane History for Long Island from 1893 to Present:

1893 August 24th - 85mph hits N.Y city from the south causing heavy damage. It was traveling 30-36mph as it passed along this portion of the coast. 30ft waves pushed boats well inland winds 80 to 90mph. Extensive damage on Coney Island.

1894 Oct 10th - 75mph from the SSW weakening to a tropical storm.

1904 Sept 15th - Hurricane becomes extra-tropical with 75mph winds while moving ENE

1916 July 21st, - 85mph to the East clips Eastern L.I from the SSW

1924 Sept 30th - Extra-tropical hurricane hits from the SSW with 75mph winds

1936 September 19th  - Just S.E with 90mph winds from the WSW.

1938 September 21st -115mph  Storm surge flooding 3 miles inland as a category 3 in Central & Eastern Long Island. Reports of a 40ft wall of water destroyed approximately 14,000 homes. 50 people were killed on Long Island. In Westhampton 150 beach homes were destroyed. 

1944 SSeptember 15th - 85 mph hits Central Long Island from the SSW.

1954 August 31stHurricane Carol hits Eastern long island with 95mph winds. Many homes were splintered by gusts to 130mph. A storm surge of 6.1 ft was observed.

1954 September 11th - Hurricane Edna passes just east of the east tip of L.I with 95mph winds

1960 September 12th - Hurricane Donna hits Central Long Island from the SSW with gusts to 125mph.

1961 September 21st - Hurricane Esther passes just S.E with 125mph winds from the SSW

1976 August 10th - Hurricane Belle directly hits Long Island at 95mph. This is the very first hurricane I experienced. I was going on 11 years old and remember it well. Since we lived across the street from a canal, we stayed with my Aunt in North Babylon.

1985 September 27th - Hurricane Gloria hits as a category 1 with 85mph winds but fast forward speed gives area gusts to 115mph. The NYSE was shut down and areas reported many premature births due to low pressure. And dummy me, I went outside when the eye passed over our house. Since I studied photography, there I was outside with my camera and all of a sudden a wind gust lifted me a few feet off the ground. I should have been smarter being I was 20 years old. My parents thought I was nuts!

1991 August 19th  - Hurricane Bob clips the East end of Long Island with 95mph winds. Bob also dumped heavy rain. Areas North East suffered up to $1.5 billion dollars in damage. 18 people were killed. Being I lived in Lindenhurst NY, we only had power loss for a few days. The East End of Long Island got it much worse.

***Data provided by the National Hurricane Center


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Deborah Byron Leffler BzyBee Real Estate Lady!
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Be careful out there!!!  

I just reaslized we are the same age!!!  I was born in 1965 too!!!

Aug 25, 2011 05:55 AM #1
Judy Jennings
Top Agent Plus - Middleboro, MA
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Interesting post Jackie. We are keeping a close eye on the track of this storm here in MA too. You never really know what direction those hurricanes will take. Hopefully it will not be as bad as they are currently forecasting! Stay safe.

Aug 25, 2011 09:15 AM #2
Jackie Connelly-Fornuff
Douglas Elliman Real Estate in Babylon NY - Babylon, NY
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Hi Deborah, Cool Deborah, another Virgo :) Stay safe this weekend!

Hi Judy, Since it's 450 miles wide, there is a good chance Long Island will be a direct hit. As of now, the winds will be around 85 mph but you just never know if it will gain strength.

Aug 26, 2011 04:48 AM #3
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