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Monument to the victims of the 1935 Hurricane Islamorada, Florida

                                                     

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The Labor Day Hurricane was a very compact, intense hurricane that formed in the North Atlantic during August 1935.                                                                              

 

The 1935 Labor Day hurricane was the strongest tropical cyclone during the 1935 Atlantic hurricane season and the most intense landfalling U.S. hurricanes in recorded American History.
 

         The eye of the storm passed over Long Key and Lower Matecumbe Key during the evening of September 2 and exhibited the most awesome storm effects imaginable. The eye lasted about fifty-five minutes at Long Key and about forty minutes at Lower Matecumbe. The storm's forward speed was only about 10 mph, but its apparent small eye was surrounded by horrendously superdestructive winds. The winds were higher than survivors could describe. All wind instruments were destroyed, expert engineering analysis of the damage indicated that gusts were in the range of 150-200 mph at storm center. Estimates are that winds could have been as high as 250 mph. Eyewitness reports and observations provide evidence to support the estimates of wind velocity.

        The hurricane's intensity was indicated by the extremely low measurements in barometric pressure. Barometers in the Keys recorded readings under 27.00 inches, which seemed impossible to weather experts in other parts of the country. On Upper Matecumbe Key the lowest reading of pressure was 26.55 inches, and at Long Key it reached a low of 26.98 inches at 10:20 p.m., before the barometer was blown away in the storm. During the hurricane, estimates are that in the Keys there was a pressure difference of one inch in only six miles. Pressure gradients of this magnitude are normally exceeded only in tornadoes. 

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The storm surge of 18 feet or more devastated a 40-mile section of the Keys from Tavernier to Marathon and killed more than 400 people. The death toll included about 260 World War I veterans who were working on a New Deal construction project building a highway between Miami and Key West.

No other hurricane that ever hit United States soil was stronger in recorded history than the Labor Day Hurricane. A single railroad line was the main link the Florida Keys had to the mainland at this time, the Florida Overseas Railroad. A train that had been sent to evacuate a group of World War I veterans that were in the Keys working on a new road bridge as part of a government relief project during the Depression never made it. The Labor Day Hurricane blew it off the tracks with its savage winds and unstoppable storm surge. Only the locomotive remained on tracks, and the train's failure to arrive in time to get people out of harm's way doomed hundreds to a horrible death.

Over a distance of about 30 miles, from the settlement of Tavenier (about 25°01' N., 80°32' W.) to Vaca Keys, the destruction of buildings, roads, viaducts, and bridges was practically complete. Much of this damage was caused by the overwhelming depth and strong washing flow of the storm tide that piled up on the Keys under the driving power of the storm. The tracks of the Florida East Coast Railroad were completely destroyed where they crossed between islands and were shifted bodily off their roadbed over long stretches on the Keys. An 11-car train, sent to Lower Matecumbe Key in an effort to rescue inhabitants, was washed from the tracks and only the locomotive withstood the force of wind and tide.

At the time, only about 1,000 people lived throughout the Upper and Middle Keys.

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A hurricane is a tropical system with maximum sustained winds of at least 74 mph. At the center of the hurricane is an "eye" that varies in size but is commonly 20 to 30 miles wide. While the storm itself may extend out from the eye several hundred miles, hurricane force winds (74 mph) routinely extend 50 to 100 miles out of the eye. Atlantic hurricanes "spin" in a counter clockwise rotation that is started by the rotation of the earth.

CATEGORY WIND SPEED (MPH)
1 74-95
2 96-110
3 111-130
4 131-155
5 156+

 

Some Hurricanes of the florida Keys
1919 - Key West,     1935 - The Florida Keys,     1960 - Hurricane Donna,     1964 - Hurricane Cleo,     1992 - Hurricane Andrew,     2004 - Hurricane Frances,     2005 - Hurricane Wilma
 

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Ocean Pointe Vacation This upscale Condominium Resort is located directly on the Ocean in Key Largo. Offering a beautifully decorated condo, with two bedroom - two bath with whirlpool tubs for weekly and monthly rentals Ocean Pointe Suite is located,about one hour drive south from Miami international Airport,The hard Rock Cafe-Casino,the Art Deco South Beach and Miami shopping.
About 90 miles east of Key West.



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