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Just when you thought there was enough to think about...

Tuesday, September 20, 2005


NEW YORK, Sept 19 (Reuters) - Manhattan could be flooded and New York could suffer as much damage as New Orleans if it were hit by a catastrophic hurricane like one that passed just north of the city in 1938, experts warned on Monday.

For the full story: http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/N19293420.htm


Facts of the 1938 Hurricane (Francis, 1998)

Peak Steady Winds - 121 mph
Peak Gust - 186 mph at Blue Hill Observatory, MA.
Lowest Pressure - 27.94 in (946.2 mb) at Bellport, NY
Peak Storm Surge - 17 ft. above normal high tide (RI)
Peak Wave Heights - 50 ft. at Gloucester, MA
Deaths - 700 (600 in New England)
Homeless - 63,000
Homes, Buildings Destroyed - 8,900
Boats Lost - 3,300
Trees Destroyed - 2 Billion (approx.)
Cost - $6.2 million (1938), $15 billion (1998 adjusted)

For more info. on this hurricane go to: http://www2.sunysuffolk.edu/mandias/38hurricane/

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