Saturday, May 20, 2017

Hurricane season officially begins on June 1st and a look back at one particularly terrible storm.

When the 1928 Hurricane hit Lake Worth many were trapped with nowhere to go. This was many years before the Florida Turnpike and I-95. No other event in Palm Beach County, post WWI, altered the landscape like this storm did. Due to the lack of roads, like the ones we take for granted today, emergency crews took too long to arrive for many people.

Track of 1928 Hurricane with overlay of modern Interstate road system:

When it struck: Wind speed 130 miles per hour, 929 millibars of pressure, category 4.

There is a mass grave in West Palm Beach for victims of that storm. But only for Black people. The White victims were buried elsewhere. A historic disgrace in Palm Beach County.

Below are pictures of Lake Worth following that devastating storm, “which was second deadliest tropical cyclone in the history of the United States . . . the cyclone struck West Palm Beach, Florida, resulting in catastrophic wind damage. Inland flooding and storm surge resulted in Lake Okeechobee overflowing its banks, flooding nearby towns and leaving at least 2,500 deaths, making it the second deadliest hurricane in the United States after the 1900 Galveston hurricane.”

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