The Great New England Hurricane
The deadliest hurricane to hit New England, the Great New England Hurricane of 1938 made landfall 75 years ago on September 21, 1938. Hurricane forecasting at the time was in its infancy and the intensity of the storm was underestimated and it struck further north than predicted. The storm left death and destruction strewn across all 6 New England states and Long Island, causing millions of dollars in damages and leaving between 600-800 fatalities.
Nine days after Hurricane Katrina made landfall in Louisiana, flood waters still persist in New Orleans.
[Hurricane Katrina] New Orleans, LA, September 7, 2005 — Neighborhoods throughout the area remain flooded as a result of Hurricane Katrina. Jocelyn Augustino/FEMA, 09/07/2005
Jocelyn Augustino, photographer. From the series: Photographs Relating to Disasters and Emergency Management Programs, Activities, and Officials, 1998 - 09/30/2008
Some of our DOCUMERICA photographs are featured in “Hurricane Sandy: Record, Remember, Rebuild,” the new project over at Historypin.
Using maps, you can see images of the area affected by the hurricane. Our DOCUMERICA images show the shoreline before Sandy. Other archives and libraries have added photographs taken during and after the storm.
They would like contributions from individuals and institutions, so take a look and add your own!
The 1955 Great Plains Tornado Outbreak
On May 25-26, 1955 seven states were hit by at least 46 tornadoes. Two F5 tornadoes touched down in Blackwell, Oklahoma and Udall, Kansas.
Left: Tornado damage. Blackwell, Oklahoma, 05/25/1955
Right: Car wrapped around large tree by tornado. Udall, Kansas, 05/25/1955
World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day
(Why May 8? It’s founder Henry Dunant’s birthday » )
Has the Red Cross or the Red Crescent every helped you or your family in a time of need?