This Day In Weather History

Weather History for Tuesday, September 16th, 2014:
In 1928, Hurricane San Felipe, a monstrous hurricane that left around 1,200 dead in Guadeloupe in the Eastern Caribbean, and another 300 dead in Puerto Rico, struck West Palm Beach causing incredible damage. It then crossed Lake Okeechobee. After the storm surge had breached the dikes, the lake covered an area about the size of Delaware, and left around 2,500 fatalities. The only survivors were those who had sought refuge in large hotels and 50 others who had taken their chances by riding out the storm on a raft. In total, the hurricane is believed to have killed 4,078 and caused around $100 million damage. Adjusted for inflation, this would equal $1.27 billion. It was the second category 5 hurricane on record in the Atlantic Basin.

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