Category 5: The 1935 Labor Day Hurricane [NOOK Book]

Overview

In the midst of the Great Depression, a furious storm struck the Florida Keys with devastating force. With winds estimated at over 225 miles per hour, it was the first recorded Category 5 hurricane to make landfall in the United States.

Striking at a time before storms were named, the catastrophic tropical cyclone became known as the 1935 Labor Day Hurricane, and its aftermath was felt all the way to Washington, D.C.

In the hardest hit area of ...

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Category 5: The 1935 Labor Day Hurricane

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Overview

In the midst of the Great Depression, a furious storm struck the Florida Keys with devastating force. With winds estimated at over 225 miles per hour, it was the first recorded Category 5 hurricane to make landfall in the United States.

Striking at a time before storms were named, the catastrophic tropical cyclone became known as the 1935 Labor Day Hurricane, and its aftermath was felt all the way to Washington, D.C.

In the hardest hit area of the Florida Keys, three out of every five residents were killed, while hundreds of World War I veterans sent there by the federal government perished.

By sifting through overlooked official records and interviewing survivors and the relatives of victims, Thomas Knowles pieces together this dramatic story, moment by horrifying moment. He explains what daily life was like on the Keys, why the veteran work force was there (and relatively unprotected), the state of weather forecasting at the time, the activities of the media covering the disaster, and the actions of government agencies in the face of severe criticism over their response to the disaster.

The Labor Day Hurricane of 1935 remains one of the most intense to strike America's shores. Category 5 is a sobering reminder that even with modern meteorological tools and emergency management systems, a similar storm could cause even more death and destruction today.



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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813047034
  • Publisher: University Press of Florida
  • Publication date: 6/1/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 355,075
  • File size: 5 MB

Meet the Author

Thomas Neil Knowles is a retired college administrator who served as an officer in the U.S. Navy from 1962 to 1969. Born and raised in Key West, he writes frequently on the history of the Florida Keys.

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  • Posted December 6, 2009

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    A fascinating read that is a historical book, but has the drama of a thriller

    I had heard about this book from the newspaper and having always had an interest in hurricanes, I thought I would give this one a try. I loved the book and got a real feel for the awful time when this storm hit the Keys. The book was packed with information and recounts but was written in a way to draw you into the lives of the people that were impacted by the storm. There were so many names it was sometimes to keep them all straight and sometimes there was repetitive material but the overall reading experience for me was great. I would highly recommend this book to anyone that loves history, storms or reading more about an era gone by. Job well done.

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  • Posted October 11, 2009

    A Fantasic Story Made Even More So Because It's True!

    Thomas Neil Knowles has written a wonderful book. As a Florida native who has spent a lot of time on the Keys, I found it particulary intriguing. I became incredibly attached to the people who experienced this tragedy, and I wept for them and their families. Mr. Knowles' style in delivering this true story is masterful. He gently teases the reader of events yet to come, making it difficult to put the book down. His summaries were concise and factual, helping the reader grasp the significance of events. I was moved and inspired, and filled with awe and sadness. Anyone with any interest in the weather or old Florida will truly enjoy this book.

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