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1928 Okeechobee hurricane....



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September 18, 1928

THE NEW YORK TIMES, September 18, 1928

* Okeechobee hurricane
* Palm Beach, Florida


The top of the front page has a five column headline: "HUNDREDS HURT, 33 KILLED IN FLORIDA STORM, 100-MILE SWATH WRECKED, PALM BEACH HARD HIT; 300 DEAD IN GUADELOUPE; APPEAL BY COOLIDGE" with subheads and related map. (see) Lengthy coverage continues inside. Always nice to have notable events in history reported in this World famous publication.
Other news, sports and advertisements of the day. Complete in 60 pages, a few small binding slits along the spine, nice condition.

wikipedia notes: The Okeechobee hurricane, or San Felipe Segundo hurricane, was a deadly hurricane that struck the Leeward Islands, Puerto Rico, the Bahamas, and Florida in September of the 1928 Atlantic hurricane season. It was the second recorded hurricane to reach Category 5 status on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale in the Atlantic basin after the 1924 Cuba hurricane; as of 2010, it remained the only recorded hurricane to strike Puerto Rico at Category 5 strength, and one of the ten most intense ever recorded to make landfall in the United States.

The hurricane caused devastation throughout its path. As many as 1,200 people were killed in Guadeloupe. The storm directly struck Puerto Rico at peak strength, killing at least 300 and leaving hundreds of thousands homeless. In South Florida at least 2,500 were killed when a storm surge from Lake Okeechobee breached the dike surrounding the lake, flooding an area covering hundreds of square miles. In total, the hurricane killed at least 4,078 people and caused around US$100 million ($1.28 billion 2011 USD) in damages over the course of its path.

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