Saturday, September 30, 2017

Film of the aftermath: 1928 Hurricane from the Historical Society of Palm Beach County.

Below is rare footage that will give everyone an idea how much damage a direct strike by a powerful hurricane can do (more historical background is below):

The video begins as the storm diminished in strength enough for the cameraman to walk around and take this film footage. You will see a lot of the Breakers Hotel which was only three years old at the time. Its Circle Dining Room was under construction. You will see the initial recovery efforts and then the film jumps to four days, then a month, and then a year after the storm.

Also prominently featured is the former Royal Poinciana Hotel which was Henry Flagler’s grand wooden hotel. You get the sense of its enormity. Unfortunately, it was torn down in the 1930s, but you can get glimpses of it here in all its past glory.

The storm itself is referred to as the Okeechobee Hurricane due in large part to the death toll it caused around the southern part of Lake Okeechobee. This hurricane was prior to them being given names. It remains the second deadliest hurricane to hit the United States.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The 1926 Moore Haven Hurricane actually was the start of the Great Depression, as after it mauled Miami, people who were participating in the land boom simply walked away from their mortgages after seeing the destruction that was never mentioned in the brochures.
Northern Banks would no longer write or sponsor loans for Florida real estate. The tried floating their losses and recovering the same in a wildly-inflated stock market.
Then came the Okeechobee Hurricane which confirmed infrastructure problems, and led to hard core new Floridians giving-up totally and moving out of the state. More mortgage defaults...
The rest is history beginning in October 1929...