The Okeechobee Hurricane (also known as, I was too lazy to make a new blog post.)

The Okeechobee Hurricane was first spotted 900 miles of the the island of Guadeloupe  on September 10, 1928. The hurricane moved intensely westward, where it obtained a Category 3 rating, before it made landfall at Pointe-a-Pitre on September 12. It is believed that at least 600-1,200 lives were lost after this one event in Guadeloupe. Nearly every building on the island was demolished and nearby island named Montserrat was threatened with starvation because of the force of the Okeechobee Hurricane. After washing over the island of Guadeloupe, it continued racing to Puerto Rico where it was now advanced to a Category 5 with wind speeds up 160 mph, it made landfall on September 13. Even though Puerto Rico took the hardest punch from the hurricane, it survived with an extremely low death toll of 300. Leftovers from the hurricane, like hurricane-force winds and heavy rainfall which lasted for 18 hours, caused major crop damage to, tobacco, coffee, sugar, and citrus fruits. It was estimated that $50 million (1928 USD) was in property and crop losses. After its attack on Puerto Rico, the hurricane kept on marching. It marched through the islands of the Bahamas where it slowed down to a Category 4 with winds of 155 mph. On September 16, it made another landfall near West Palm Beach, Florida. This landfall was still a Category 4 but the winds stepped down from 155 mph to 150 mph with waves reaching up to 10 ft tall. The greatest loss was near the south shore of Lake Okeechobee to a city named Belle Glade. The waters at Belle Glade rose to 7 ft in the rate of 1 in per minute. When it crossed directly over Lake Okeechobee it moved forward to the north of the state without losing any of its intensity. It followed into the coasts of Georgia and both of the Carolinas where it finally faded into a tropical storm. It floated over the state of Virginia and finished its run near Toronto, Canada on September 20. The Okeechobee Hurricane became the second deadliest hurricane recorded in U.S. History. In the end, there was an estimated 2,500-3,000 deaths and about $100 million in damages between the Caribbean and the U.S.



2 Comments Add yours

  1. BethCTech says:

    It’d been great if you could have made a tiny connection to Their Eyes Were Watching God…


    1. cultureasite says:

      Yeah…sorry about that. I wrote this actually before I read that chapter and I just copied and pasted like you suggested. It would probably have been a smart idea to read that chapter before writing about it. (How many more days of school do we have left?)


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