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Published on Aug 1, 2009
This is actual film footage taken in Islamorada in the Florida Keys of some of the damage caused by the most intense Hurricane to ever hit any part of the United States mainland in recorded history. This Cat.-5 Hurricane struck on Labor Day September 2, 1935 with little advance warning as the National Weather Service office in Jacksonville predicted this storm to move west through the Florida straits between Havana and Key West. However the storm moved on a Northwest course and tore into the middle Florida Keys during the late afternoon and early evening of Monday September 2nd 1935 with sustained winds of 200-MPH and gusts as high as 250-MPH. An incredibale storm surge of 15 to 25 feet completely covered the middle Keys. A relief train sent down from Miami to evacuate several hundred WWI veterans, was knocked off it's tracks. The offical death toll stands at 408-people, however hundreds more were reported missing and most of those were never found. This storm had the lowest pressure ever recorded in the Western Hemisphere, with a reading of 26.35-inches. Any Questions?