Labor Day Storm
byon 09-01-2013 at 02:22 AM (493 Views)
Thank you Kaiden for saving my blog and finding this link.
Just before Laborday 1935 one of the worst canes to hit the Florida Keys was just about to hit in this date in history.. Sometimes it seems to be one of the forgotten storms,so I will try to revive it now.
Looks like from this plot that a nose of High pressure changed the storms trajectory and possibly its intensity.
On September 2, 1935, hundreds of World War 1 veterans and locals waited anxiously for an evacuation train from Miami as a small but vicious hurricane bore down on the Florida Keys from the southeast. The train never made it - and neither did most of the people waiting for it.
The Labor Day storm was the first of only three category 5 hurricanes to make landfall in the United States. It roared through the Upper and Middle Florida Keys with winds estimated between 150 to 200 miles per hour and a 20 foot storm surge. The combination washed 10 cars from the relief train off the tracks - leaving only the locomotive.
In the above photo the photographer has backed away to shoot down (southwest) the railbed. In this photo can be seen the track standing on its edge. The hoist mechanism for the ferryboat ramp is in the upper right.
Ok I bookmarked this page a couple of weeks ago so I could form a blog off of it.
I cant seem to find the original page start.,so here is a link to give you a look at some of the fantastically historical images and ref verbage.
It is mentioned somewhere on this link,that the rescue train actually had to back down the tracks from Miami to the middle keys in the attempt to rescue the Keys vet workers.
Its truly horrific how the train made it to the location only to be swept away along with the very people it was sent to rescue. If you can find your way through this link the story of the 1935 Labor Day Hurricane will be as real as if it happened this weekend.
I wish I wasnt so puter clumsy,this is not the way to post a blog. But here it is.
The Florida Keys 1935 Labor Day Hurricane