Monday, May 30, 2016

Images after 1928 Okeechobee Hurricane: Lake Worth's City Hall, Masonic Temple, Lake Worth Bridge. . .

A "house tossed like a football", flooded streets, and Lake Ave. with devastated structures are some of the images below. The traditional start of hurricane season is this Wednesday, June 1st.

The 1928 Hurricane was a direct hit on cities such as Palm Beach, Lake Worth and Lantana. This was prior to hurricanes being given names. The storm continued towards Lake Okeechobee. In the end over 2,500 people died and this storm remains the second deadliest in U.S. history.

There is a mass grave in West Palm Beach for victims of that storm. Another sad legacy is only Black people are buried there. The White victims were buried elsewhere. In coffins.

These pictures courtesy of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.


Anonymous said...

Really interesting. My LW house predates 1928, really wonder what it looked like post storm.

Anonymous said...

Wonder what the Casino would look like is a similar hurricane hit in 2016? Remember there are no pilings under the building and the seawall protecting it was not redone.