Monday, September 2, 2013

1935 Labor Day Hurricane

78 years ago today, the strongest hurricane in recorded US history struck the Florida Keys. 185 mph sustained winds (gusts well over 200 mph), 15-20 foot storm surge, a 80mb pressure gradient over ~20 miles, obliterated Craig/Long/Lower-Upper Matecumbe Keys. Every time I'm in the Keys, I can't stop thinking about this storm, typically stopping at the monument and where the train derailed. The more I study this hurricane, the harder it is to comprehend the true power behind it. Being able to interview three survivors of this historic storm were some of the best days of my life so far. Truly an honor!    

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