1919 Florida Keys hurricane

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The 1919 Florida Keys hurricane was a powerful and deadly hurricane that struck the Florida Keys and parts of Cuba in September 1919. It is considered one of the most destructive hurricanes to hit the region, causing significant damage and loss of life.

Meteorological history[edit | edit source]

The hurricane formed on September 2, 1919, in the Atlantic Ocean and quickly intensified as it moved westward. It reached its peak intensity on September 5, with maximum sustained winds of 110 mph (175 km/h) and a minimum central pressure of 935 mb. The storm then made landfall in the Florida Keys on September 9, causing widespread devastation.

Impact[edit | edit source]

The 1919 Florida Keys hurricane caused extensive damage to the Florida Keys and surrounding areas. The storm surge and strong winds destroyed numerous buildings and infrastructure, leaving many communities in ruins. The exact number of fatalities is uncertain, but estimates range from 600 to 900 people. The hurricane also caused significant damage in parts of Cuba, although the impact was less severe compared to the Florida Keys.

Aftermath[edit | edit source]

In the aftermath of the hurricane, relief efforts were launched to assist the affected communities. The American Red Cross and other organizations provided aid and support to those in need. Rebuilding efforts took several years, and the region slowly recovered from the devastation caused by the hurricane.

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This article provides a detailed account of the 1919 Florida Keys hurricane, including its meteorological history, impact, and aftermath. It is important to note that the information presented here is based on available historical records and may not be exhaustive. Further research and verification may be necessary to obtain a comprehensive understanding of the event.

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