Friday, March 4, 2011
Happy PFF: Post-hurricane Postcard from Florida
Linen postcard, sent to Mr. Roger B. Pierce of Worcester Mass. Postmarked West Palm Beach Sept. 28, 1947.
"Hope this card is not a duplicate of one I sent before. It will be a long while yet before I can recover from the hurricane. They can't even get around to make an estimate on my roof for weeks. Agnes."
Agnes had just been through one of the strongest hurricanes of the 1940's, that made landfall near Fort Lauderdale, FL. According to Wikipedia, "The storm made landfall on September 17 near Fort Lauderdale, Florida as a strong Category 4 hurricane with maximum sustained winds near 155 mph (250 km/h). Winds of hurricane force extended out roughly 120 miles (195 km) from the center in all directions." The hurricane weakened as it crossed the state but survived to move across the Gulf of Mexico and threaten New Orleans with 110 mph wind gusts. 51 people were killed by this unnamed hurricane.
This tropical cyclone is one of only five hurricanes to make landfall on the United States with maximum sustained winds of at least 155 mph (250 km/h). The next one would be... Hurricane Andrew. Yet this unnamed storm is largely forgotten today.
Thank you Beth for hosting Postcard Friendship Friday!
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