The 1938 hurricane is still legendary, and not long ago I acquired some original photographs of the hurricane's damage along the Connecticut coast.
It is difficult to compare the impact of different storms, because the damage from hurricanes is spread over so wide an area, and some localities are hit much harder than others, not to mention that the country has been built up in the last seventy-odd years. Furthermore, one can't always tell from photographs the true extent of the damage. For example, loss of life, underground flooding, or the historic value of destroyed property may not be evident in the pictures.
Here is a selection of photographs that indicate the force of the wind and the water back in 1938:
|Boats blown across the road into yards.|
|The decking torn off, these docks are reduced to forests of pilings.|
|Extensive rubble and many displaced boats.|
|These buildings were tossed around quite a bit, almost like a tornado.|
|Rubble and a torn-off roof. I assume the hanging laundry was part of the cleanup, and had not weathered the storm.|
|I wonder if fire damage was also a factor for this building; the storm spawned many fires.|
|This building was blown off its foundation, although the delicate railing remains. There is not much left of the house next door, either.|