Sandy vs. the Long Island Express

Back in 1938, the Shoreline was devastated by a hurricane that swept houses off the Thimbles and destroyed much property. What do you know about the hurricane of '38, and how does it compare to Sandy?

Back in 1938, there was no system for detecting hurricanes before they hit. It was before hurricanes and tropical storms were assigned names. Though it has since been called things like the Yankee Clipper and the Long Island Express, when that storm hit, it was a complete surprise.

After waiting out Sandy and the return of power to Branford, I started thinking about the great hurricane of 1938 and wondering how the two storms compared -- not just in terms of wind speed and flooding, but also in terms of damage, costs, and just how long it took the electricity to come back on back then.

There are full books written on the storm -- many of which are available at the James Blackstone Memorial Library -- and while I'm combing through them, I'm hoping that our intrepid Patch readers will come up with those details in the comments yet again.

I'm excited to see what you come up with!

What do you know -- or remember -- about the hurricane of 1938?

melinda tillie November 12, 2012 at 05:04 PM
I can remember my Mom saying how she turned on the radio but nothing much at all about the storm. She called my Dad who was working in gaarage to come in the trees were really going nuts. They lived on Sidney Street but it was terrible all over,so they told me.Cant imagine no Radar. EH always seems to get hit and hit hard. I was there in the50`s and lived on Vista Drive..the even side of theSt. and we were hit by Edna in 54 and was it Carol or Diane in 56,I cant rememberseems like a lifetime ago.
Alana Joli Abbott November 17, 2012 at 09:31 PM
From what I've been reading, because they didn't have the tracking technology, they had to rely on reports from observers -- and they lost the hurricane somewhere over the Atlantic because they could only get reports from boats! Thank goodness we have radar now. Hope you made it through Sandy all right, Melinda!


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