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1935 Labor Day hurricane
|Category 5 hurricane (SSHS)|
|Formed||August 29, 1935|
|Dissipated||September 10, 1935|
|Lowest pressure||892 mbar (hPa; 26.34 inHg)|
|Damage||$6 million (1935 USD)|
|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 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.