The Hurricane of '38
Roaring across New York's Long Island into New England midday on Sept. 21, 1938, this hurricane is considered by most to be region's "worst storm" of the century. When it was over, some 600 people were reported killed, 2,000 injured, and more than 18,000 buildings destroyed. Downtown Providence was flooded by tides that surged 13 feet above normal. At one point, winds of 121 miles per hour were recorded at the Blue Hill Observatory in Milton. After this storm, the government began developing more advanced hurricane warning systems.