Sudden Sea : The Great Hurricane of 1938 Boston : Little, Brown & Co., c 2003 R.A. Scotti Hurricanes Northeastern States History 20th century, New England Hurricane, 1938 Hardcover. 1st ed. and printing. viii, 279 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm. Includes bibliographical references (p. 257-263) and index. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, underlining or marginalia in text. VG/VG
Before they gave them women’s names – or in our more enlightened age decided to spread their names between [if not across] the sexes, the 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 then 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.