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In 1938, an extremely powerful hurricane known as "The Long Island Express" slammed into Long Island and New England. This horrific hurricane whiplashed these areas with sustained winds around 150 mph, gusts around 185 mph, and produced waves so huge and powerful that seismographs on the West Coast recorded the shock of each wave as it smashed onto New England shores! The Rhode Island Coast was overwhelmed by a 30 foot storm surge. The hurricane killed around 600 people and caused around $500 million damage. In 1989, Hurricane Hugo slammed into the South Carolina coast around 11 PM near Sullivan's Island. Hugo was directly responsible for 13 deaths and indirectly responsible for 22 others. Another 420 people were injured from the hurricane with damage estimated at $8 billion. Gusts reached 138 mph at Folly Beach, 98 mph in Charleston and 109 mph at Shaw Air Force Base. In 2005, around 1 million people were evacuated from the Texas Coast as Hurricane Rita developed into the third most intense hurricane on record. The barometric pressure near the eye of the storm was 26.48 inches, a lower reading than Hurricane Katrina which had roared onto the Gulf Coast on August 29th.

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