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ISBN#9780316739115
BIB ID#849349
Call# 363.3492 S

Sudden sea

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Publisher
Boston : Little, Brown and Co., c2003. (CEL11-03/04)
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Description
viii, 279 p., [16] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 25 cm.
Summary
Prologue: Gone with the Wind -- A Perfect Day -- The Way It Was -- A Shift in the Wind -- Hurricane Watch -- At Sea -- All Aboard -- A Bright Young Man -- Upside Down, Inside Out -- Battening the Hatches -- A One-Hundred-Year Storm -- How Do You Lose a Hurricane? -- The Long Island Express -- Crossing the Sound -- The Atlantic Ocean Bound Out of Bed -- The Dangerous Right Semicircle -- Providence -- The Tempest -- Cast Adrift -- All Quiet -- The Reckoning -- The Last of the Old New England Summers -- A Nickel for Your Story. The massive destruction wreaked by the Hurricane of 1938 dwarfed that of the Chicago Fire, the San Francisco Earthquake, and the Mississippi floods of 1927, making the storm the worst natural disaster in U.S. history. Now, R.A. Scotti tells the story.

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Summary/Annotation ->  It was the Perfect Storm. But instead of raging far out in the Atlantic, the Great Hurricane of 1938 left a wake of death and destruction across seven states. It battered J. P. Morgan's Long Island estate, wiped out beach communities from Watch Hill to Newport, flooded the Connecticut Valley, and flattened Vermont's prized maples.Traveling at record speeds, the storm raced up the Atlantic Coast, reaching New York and New England ahead of hurricane warnings and striking with such ferocity that seismographs in Alaska picked up the impact. Winds, clocked at 186 mph, stripped cars of their paint. Walls of water 50 feet high swept homes and entire families out to sea. Sandwiched between the Great Depression and World War II, the storm had a profound impact upon a generation. 'The day of the biggest wind has just passed,' the newswires read the next day, 'and a great part of the most picturesque America, as old as the Pilgrims, has gone beyond recall or replacement.' Drawing upon newspaper accounts, the personal testimony of survivors, forecasters, and archival footage, SUDDEN SEA recounts that terrifying day in gripping detail. Scotti describes the unlikely alignment of meteorological conditions that conspired to bring a tropical cyclone to the Northeast. A masterful storyteller, Scotti follows the trajectory of that awful wind-and recovers for posterity the lost stories of those whose lives, families, and communities were destroyed by the Hurricane of 1938.

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Central Adult Non-Fic- Ask at Desk363.3492 SAdult Hard Cover0228442253834Due 7-23-2014
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