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Storm of the Century: The Labor Day Hurricane of 1935:

Storm of the Century: The Labor Day Hurricane of 1935 Author: Willie Drye Presented by: Kourtney Nieves

Objectives:

Objectives Identify the key facts and figures regarding the 1935 Labor day hurricane Discuss the synopsis of the book Discuss and analyze the reasons for the devastation Discuss and analyze the lessons learned from the hurricane

Facts and Figures:

Facts and Figures Struck the Upper Keys Monday September 2, 1935 “Nameless” Category 5 storm Winds estimated over 200 miles per hour with higher gusts Storm surge estimated at 20 feet “Official” Barometric pressure 26.35 “Official” death toll = 408

Hand drawn map of the Lower “Upper” Keys:

Hand drawn map of the Lower “Upper” Keys (Historical Preservation Society of the Upper Keys, n.d .)

Book Synopsis:

Book Synopsis Followed the stories of: Keys residents Veterans working in the “New Deal” work camps Key officials in the work camps Politicians who investigated the storm deaths after the storm hit Time period covered Pre landfall – 1 year after landfall

Reasons for Devastation:

Reasons for Devastation US Weather Bureau advisories Poor constructions of buildings Elevation of the keys (Florida Keys Internet Guide, n.d .) Communication issues Travel issues

Damages at the Long Key Depot:

Damages at the Long Key Depot (Historical Preservation Society of the Upper Keys, n.d .)

The remains of the historic Matecumbe Hotel:

The remains of the historic Matecumbe Hotel (Historical Preservation Society of the Upper Keys, n.d .)

Lessons Learned :

Lessons Learned What changes were made since the Labor Day hurricane? How has this impacted how we prepare for a hurricane?

Thoughts:

Thoughts Additional thoughts on the book Reflections Questions???

References:

References Drye , W. (2002). Storm of the century: the Labor Day hurricane of 1935 . Washington, D.C.: National Geographic Society. Florida Keys Internet Guide. ( n.d .). Keys Facts. Retrieved from http://www.thefloridakeys.com/facts.htm Historical Preservation Society of the Upper Keys. ( n.d .). 1935 Labor Day Hurricane. Retrieved from http://www.keyshistory.org/casehurricanes.html

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