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 31st - Hurricane 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