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New England Hurricane
Category 5 major hurricane (SSHWS/NWS)
1938 hurricane September 21, 1938 weather map.jpg
Weather map from September 21, 1938 featuring the storm
Formed September 10, 1938
Dissipated September 22, 1938
Highest winds 1-minute sustained: 160 mph (260 km/h)
Lowest pressure 938 mbar (hPa); 27.7 inHg
Fatalities 682 to 800 direct
Damage $306 million (1938 USD)
Areas affected Bahamas, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, southwestern Quebec
Part of the 1938 Atlantic hurricane season

The 1938 New England Hurricane was an extremely damaging and highly deadly Atlantic tropical cyclone which struck Long Island, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont with strong winds of Category 4 hurricane level. The hurricane didn't curve out to sea like hurricanes usually do. The 1938 storm caused over $300 million in property damage and killed between 682 and 800 people. Tropical cyclones were not given human names at the time, so the 1938 storm had a number instead.

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