New York Troopers - History
Preserving the Past for Those Who Follow
 
.
Login


  

 . 

The Long Island Express:
The Great Hurricane of 1938 struck Long Island and New England on September 21, 1938. Soon called the greatest weather disaster ever, it struck in the form of a category 3 hurricane. Long Island, New Yorkand New England were changed forever by the Long Island Express. It had sustained winds of 121 mph and a peak wind gust of 186 mph in Massachusetts. The lowest pressure recorded with the storm was27.94 inches of Hg while it generated a peak storm surge of 17 feet above normal in Rhode Island. Waves as high as 50 feet came crashing ashore near Gloucester, Massachusetts.

  
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
END
 
 

 

 

There were about 100 people killed in the Long Island region while another 600 people were killed in New England. The damage caused by the storm in 1938 dollars was $6.2 million, which was adjusted to $15 billion by today's standards. The reason it was called the Long Island Express is because of the rapid fashion the storm moved up the East Coast, and into New England. Forward speed  ranged between 60 and 70 mph up the coast.
 
 
 Photos shown are beleived part of a collection possessed by Captain Daniel Glasheen.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Hurricane hit Long Island at 3:30PM coming as a surprise for the many residents going about their daily routines. The immediate effect of this powerful hurricane was to decimate many Long Island communities in terms of human and economic losses, however, the long term effects linger today. The '38 Hurricane created the Shinnecock Inlet and widened Moriches Inlet changing the landscape of the south shore.

Deaths– 700 (600 in New England) – Homeless – 63,000 / Homes, buildings destroyed –8900 / Boats lost – 3,300 / Trees destroyed – approx. 2 billion / Cost - $6.2 million (1938)

 
END