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MIAMI, MIAMI BEACH, BUENA VISTA
LITTLE RIVER, HIALEXH, CORAL GABLES
HOLLYWOOD AND FORT LAUDERDALE
September I7th and 18th, 19;6
HARRY H. HAMM
SCHWARTZ NEWS CO.
200 N. MIAMI AVE.
JIMMIE GASSON AND GEORGE MILLER
How the Hurricane
Did It's Terrible Damage
Out of the blue expanses of the South Atlantic on
Friday and Saturday, September 17th and 18th, a whirl-
ing, howling wind-fury swooped mercilessly upon the gay-
est, brightest playground in all the world-that sixty mile
wide strip of Florida's lower east coast with Palm Beach
at one extreme and Miami at the other-and lashed it into
a battleground of the elements, strewn with death and
The fiercest and most inescapable of all elemental dis-
turbances, the West Indian hurricane that destroyed the
jewel-like resort communities roared out of the sea and
wrought its dreadful havoc under a canopy of storm
clouds. Then when terrified thousands thought its fury
spent and were about to begin the work of counting its
toll, it circled and struck again with redoubled intensity
completing the devastation of its first blow and leaving
vaster ruin in its wake.
In the sixty-mile swath it cut on Florida's seacoast,
the hurricane took a toll of 220 dead and 6,328 injured and
caused damage that has been variously estimated at from
$30,000,000 to $100,000,000 with the most likely approxi-
mations hovering close to the last figure.
After smashing the seacoast city of Miami with its
adjacent communities of Miami Beach, Hialeah and Coral
Gables and the beautiful resort towns of Fort Lauderdale,
Pompano, Dania and Hollywood, the hurricane swirled
through the Everglades to the northwest.
Its path through the unsettled Everglades country is
marked with a great swath of destruction. Millions of
trees were uprooted and destroyed and the loss in wild life
was heavy. Even bands of Seminole Indians in the fast-
nesses sought safety in flight.
The blast swept on through unsettled country until it
struck the little Everglades towns of Moorehaven and
Clewiston on the edge of Lake Okeechobee.
There, as in the cities and towns of the lower east coast,
it whirled houses crazily to pieces, flattened staunch busi-
ness buildings and killed 150 persons. The toll of injured
in the Everglades towns was 50.
So complete was the ruin wrought in Miami and its
sister communities that nearly 24 hours elapsed before the
first word of the disaster reached the outside world. The
stricken cities began their own feeble attempts at checking
the toll and righting the damage before the rest of the
world knew their loss.
No clearer evidence of the awful force of the wind and
the havoc wrought by the terrific pressure of the 100-mile
an hour blast and the towering tidal wave that crashed in
from the sea with it can be given than by the photographs
shown in this booklet.
Official Red Cross reports, prepared under the super-
vision of Henry M. Baker, national director of Red Cross
disaster relief, who is in charge of rehabilitation work
with headquarters in Miatni, on October 9, 21 days after
the hurricane, placed the dead and injured totals as fol-
Fort Lauderdale, dead, 17; injured, 1,800; families af-
Pompano, dead, 0; injured, 0; families affected, 250.
Dania, dead, 2; injured, 6; families affected, 85.
r, Hollywood, dead, 39; injured, 750; families affected,
Hialeah, dead, 26; injured, 800; families affected, 1,500.
MViami, dead, 114; injured, 1,300; families affected,
Miami Beach, dead, 17; injured, 1,632; families affect-
Rural Dade County, dead, 5; injured, 40; families af-
Fort Myers, dead, 2; injured, 3; families affected, 149.
Clewiston and Moorehaven and other towns of the
Lake Okeechobee section, dead, 150; injured, 50; families
Totals-Lower East Coast, dead, 220; injured, 6,328;
families affected, 17,135. Everglades and Lake Okeecho-
bee sections and on through to west coast, dead, 152; in-
jured, 53; families affected, 758.
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12TH AVE. AND W. FLAGLER ST. AFTER STORM
MERRILL-STEVENS BOATYARD ALONG MIAMI RIVER
WRECKAGE ALONG MIAMI RIVER
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CAMPBELL GREY'S RESIDENCE AT MIAMI BEnCH
HAVOC PLAYED TO GROUNDS ABOUT CARL FISHER'S HOME, MIAMI BEACH
SMITH COTTAGES AT MIAMI BEACH
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MODERN SCHOONER ROSE MAHONY ON BAY FRONT DRIVE, MIAMI
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LITTLE RIVER HARDWARE CO., 78TH ST., MIAMI
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WRECKED GARAGE OF J. W. SORGEN IN NEW SHENANDOAH
FORD MOTOR CO., NORTHEAST 2ND AVE., NORTH MIAMI
ERKIER TWENTYSTORY AILING AT MIAMI WHICH WILL HAVE TO BE TORN DOWN
MEYER-KISER TWENTY-STORY BUILDING AT MIAMI, WHICH WILL HAVE TO BE TORN DOWN
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SCENE AT PLAZA ROONEY HOTEL, MIAMI BEACH
REMOVING 6 FT. OF SAND FROM STREETS AROUND PLAZA ROONEY HOTEL, MIAMI BEACH
CASINO AND POOL AT MIAMI BEACH
FIRST M. E. CHURCH, HOLLYWOOD
HOLLYWOOD BUSSES AND GARAGE
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MAXWELL ARCADE AND SIGN WRECKED, HOLLYWOOD
SOUTH M. E. CHURCH, FORT LAUDERDALE
FORD GARAGE AT FORT LAUDERDALE
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WRECKED BUILDING OF LITTLE RIVER HARDWARE CO.
REMAINS OF LITTLE RIVER FURNITURE STORE
BON TON AUDITORIUM AT HIALEAH
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