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1935 Labor Day hurricane

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“Labor Day storm” redirects here. For the storm that hit Syracuse, New York in 1998, see New York State Labor Day Derechos.
Labor Day Hurricane of 1935
Category 5 hurricane (SSHS)
Formed August 29, 1935
Dissipated September 10, 1935
Highest
winds
1-minute sustained:
185 mph (295 km/h)
Lowest pressure 892 mbar (hPa; 26.34 inHg)
Fatalities 408–600 direct
Damage $6 million (1935 USD)
Areas
affected
Bahamas, Florida Keys, Big Bend, Florida Panhandle, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia
Part of the
1935 Atlantic hurricane season

The 1935 Labor Day hurricane was the strongest tropical cyclone during the 1935 Atlantic hurricane season, and one of the most intense hurricanes to make landfall in U.S. in recorded history. The second tropical cyclone, second hurricane, and second intense hurricane of the season marked the most destructive Atlantic hurricane of the United States; and it was the first of three Category 5 hurricanes the United States endured during the 20th century (the other two being 1969‘s Hurricane Camille and 1992‘s Hurricane Andrew). After forming as a weak tropical storm east of the Bahamas on August 29 it slowly proceeded westward and became a hurricane on September 1. It underwent rapid intensification before striking the upper Florida Keys on September 2. The storm continued northwest along the Florida west coast after landfall, weakening before landfall near Cedar Key on September 4.

The compact and intense hurricane caused extreme damage in the upper Florida Keys, as a storm surge of approximately 18 to 20 feet (5.5-6.1 metres) affected the region. The hurricane’s strong winds destroyed most of the buildings in the Islamorada area, and many World War I veteran workers were killed[1] by the storm surge. Portions of the Key West Extension of the Florida East Coast Railway were severely damaged or destroyed. The hurricane also caused additional damage in northwest Florida, Georgia, and the Carolinas. More than 400 people were killed.

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