1928 Lake Okeechobee Hurricane
 1926 Palm Beach Hurricane
 1906 Pensacola Hurricane

Title: Images of Florida Hurricanes, Early Twentieth Century
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Permanent Link: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/UF00094624/00001
Finding Guide: Images of Florida Hurricanes, Early Twentieth Century
 Material Information
Title: Images of Florida Hurricanes, Early Twentieth Century
Physical Description: Photograph
Language: English
Creator: Thakrar, Rikesh
Publisher: UF Libraries
Place of Publication: Gainesville, FL
Publication Date: 1906
Copyright Date: 1906
Abstract: Three major storms hit the Florida coast in the early part of the twentieth century. On September 27, 1906 Pensacola experienced the worst storm since the destruction of its colonial settlement on Santa Rosa Island in the mid-eighteenth century. Known as the "Great Hurricane," the storm struck shore in the early hours of the morning. At the time Pensacola was recovering from a yellow fever epidemic from the previous year and from a devastating fire that destroyed the city's business district. Reconstruction was still underway on the day the storm made landfall. Tides peaked at 10 feet above normal (a record high). Winds were reported to range from 83 to 94 mph. However, analysts consider this range too low, since monitoring stations lost their anemometers early in the storm, and could not measure wind velocity at the peak of the hurricane. Over 5000 houses were damaged and at least 3000 people were left homeless with a total of a 134 dead. On the morning of July 27, 1926, a Category 1 hurricane hit Palm Beach with winds of up to 90 mph. The storm, which had previously swept through Puerto Rico, Haiti, and the Bahamas, hit the Florida coast along Jupiter Inlet, sweeping away boats, houses, docks and other marine property. It caused severe flooding throughout Palm Beach County before moving north through the peninsula to Georgia and Alabama. No deaths were reported but damages were estimated at $2.5 million in Florida and over $3 million for the United States. One of the greatest natural disasters ever to occur in the United States was the Category 4 hurricane of September 16, 1928 in South Florida. The storm killed 1,836 in Florida, mainly around Lake Okeechobee, as well as causing 1,575 deaths in the Caribbean. Referred to as “San Felipe” because it hit Puerto Rico on San Felipe Day, it did $50 million in damage on that island, with 300 fatalities, and 200,000 people left homeless. By the time the storm arrived in Florida winds were estimated at 150 mph. A combination of winds and rainfall pushed the normally placid waters of Lake Okeechobee over its dikes, with wave crests reaching as high as 15 feet. Once the waters broke the dikes they swept across surrounding farms and settlements, carrying away buildings, cars, and people caught in the flood. Source: Florida's Hurricane History. Jay Barnes. University of North Carolina Press, 1998. Image Scans and Design by Rikesh Thakrar
 Record Information
Bibliographic ID: UF00094624
Volume ID: VID00001
Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: University of Florida
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    1928 Lake Okeechobee Hurricane
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    1926 Palm Beach Hurricane
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    1906 Pensacola Hurricane
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