Hurricane of “38 was today, September 21st, 78 years ago!

Here are some photos of the Providence, RI and Pawtucket, RI taken the day after the Hurricane of ’38 also known as The Great New England Hurricane. This hurricane was estimated to have killed 682 people and caused property losses of 4.7 billion when calculated in damage based on 2016 dollars ( $306 million in 1938). We can all look forward to the pot boiling more furiously and more hurricanes as climate change becomes greater.

Barber shop of the Grosvenor Building with barber chairs reflected in the remnants of storm surge waters. New England Hurricane of 1938. Rhode Island, Providence

Barber shop of the Grosvenor Building with barber chairs reflected in the remnants of storm surge waters. New England Hurricane of 1938. Rhode Island, Providence

Boat Yards at Port of Providence, Coolest Photo of building, taken the day after the hurricane. High resolution reprint available for $20

Boat Yards at Port of Providence.

Massive destruction around Providence, RI harbor.

Massive destruction around Providence, RI harbor.

The Modern Grain Company building at India Point in the upper reaches of Narragansett Bay was destroyed by the

The Modern Grain Company building at India Point in the upper reaches of Narragansett Bay was destroyed by the hurricane.

BOATS PUSHED UP ONTO ROAD FROM STORM SURGE, PAWTUCKET AREA, RI, HURRICANE OF 1938.

BOATS PUSHED UP ONTO ROAD FROM STORM SURGE, PAWTUCKET AREA, RI, HURRICANE OF 1938.

General destruction in the upper harbor, Providence, RI. Workboat floated up on land by storm surge. New England Hurricane of 1938.

General destruction in the upper harbor, Providence, RI. Workboat floated up on land by storm surge. New England Hurricane of 1938.

GASPEE TUG DAMAGED IN PROVIDENCE HARBOR, PROVIDENCE, RI, SEPTEMBER 22, 1938.

GASPEE TUG DAMAGED IN PROVIDENCE HARBOR, PROVIDENCE, RI, SEPTEMBER 22, 1938.

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Harbor area destroyed by storm surge. New England Hurricane of 1938. Rhode Island, Pawtuxet Village 1938 September 22!

Harbor area destroyed by storm surge. New England Hurricane of 1938. Rhode Island, Pawtuxet Village 1938 September 22!

Walking down Ship Street after the waters receded. Men have their trousers rolled up to navigate areas of standing water. New England Hurricane of 1938. Providnece, Rhode Island, September 22, 1938.

Walking down Ship Street after the waters receded. Men have their trousers rolled up to navigate areas of standing water. New England Hurricane of 1938. Providence, Rhode Island, September 22, 1938.

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  1. Wow….its been awhile since I visited……these pics are amazing. Hopefully things are constructed to be sturdier to withstand more intense storms!

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