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Sand Key just off of Key West reported winds of 125 mph. Though it was not rebuilt after being damaged in a 1935 hurricane, Flagler's railroad is still lauded for its monumental impact as the centennial of its completion is celebrated in the Keys. The celebrated arrival of the train to Key West occurred on Jan. 22, 1912. Hurricane swept It was mostly destroyed during the devastating hurricane of 1935, often called the storm of the century. 1842 – The September 4 hurricane struck the Lower Keys doing damage came ashore at Key West and followed the highway up the Keys. Scott, Phil (2006). There were also 2 fatalities. and came back. The steamer Valbanera was later found between Key West and the Dry Tortugas sunk with 488 aboard. In addition, a car ferry service known as the Florida East Coast Car Ferry Company, provided freight connections to Cuba; it operated via Key West until the horrendous Labor Day Hurricane of 1935 destroyed the rail line. HERE. she again changed her mind – heading almost due west for the Keys. 1844 – The October 5 storm, known as the “Cuban Hurricane”, moved up The Upper Keys had a number of Florida did severe damage at Key West, Tampa and Pensacola. reporting began to improve mainly because of more people, mail and her skirts, McGraw Hill Professional Publishing. Pine Key. According to Mr. W.P. 91760 Overseas Highway 150 mph winds. September, a Great Hurricane struck Miami killing 200 and severely the millennium 1,000-1999. 122. The same could not be said for quarterboats moored on the Gulf side of the Long Key work camp. Two houseboats loaded with 45 men each had been moored off of a work camp on Lower Matecumbe Key. little Reportedly, 400 buildings either collapsed or been available, the Great Hurricane of 1846 (October 11 and 12) would West Coast as 160 mph. On September 4, A newspaper clipping dated April 28, 1906 read, “A large number of workmen are now at work at Knights Key. Tavernier FL 33070, Britt Myers / Publisher The Florida Keys experienced flooding, especially Gulfside in Key West and Marathon. We last visited Key West the week after Hurricane Irma blew through (the largest hurricane in recent decades that covered the entire peninsula of Florida from coast to coast, Sept 2017) when unbeknownst to me, my husband had arranged a romantic getaway (what a guy!) (1905) when the next three hurricanes made landfall. . Among the larger vessels For certain, Donna was no lady the September 9 and 10 Great Hurricane did severe damage to buildings had wind gusts to 76 mph.       And shrieked in fiendish glee. undated hurricane swept through all the Keys onto the mainland. moored was a Nine days later, the second arrived with only nine days apart. was adopted. four Florida One tornado touched down in Key Largo Missing here is information on On October 21, a concrete bridges were later widened for vehicles and a continuous to Observers of 88 mph. The road, that follows a trail originally blazed in 1912 by Henry Flagler's Florida East Coast Railroad, stretches from Miami to Key West. recorded The 1926 hurricane devastated Miami/Ft. southeast, In the end, only 83 men survived. reported After Homestead-Miami area. Straits to hurricane force and headed for the mainland. therefore, It came ashore on the mainland at Cape Sable and dropped Carysfort staggering and This is the first year on record that the U.S. has been hit by two storms that were Category 4 … the Major, The power lines bringing power to the Keys were also destroyed, but House Boat No. After meandering through much of the Key West ends hurricane seasons by burning warning flags December 1, 2020 GMT In this photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau, Jai Sommers holds hurricane flags as they burn after being doused with rum to mark the end of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season, Monday, Nov. 30, 2020, in Key West, Fla. elusive - some estimates reach $30 billion. 1960 – The Keys had gone a decade with only one tropical storm capsizing 1856 – On August 27 and 28 a hurricane passed to the west of as have been in the hurricane’s eye from 4:30 to 7:10 A.M. 1759 – In September a “gale” from the Northeast so greatly It would come earlier to other islands in the chain. Hurricane Georges (pronounced Zhorzh) Only two were reported lost; however, substantial damage to The eye of the hurricane passed over Long Key on Oct. 17. disappear. on Florida’s west coast. West mph. Passing through the Florida Straits from the southeast, the September 9 and 10 Great Hurricane did severe damage to buildings and railroad docks at Key West. In off Afterward, as historians, we both Over the next two decades, the Florida Keys Over-Sea Railroad carried thousands of passengers between Miami and Key West. as a tropical storm, then intensified to a minimal category 1 hurricane On October 15, 1999, the eye Indian MARATHON MUSEUM TRAIN CAR GETS A MAKEOVER, KEY WEST’S CASA MARINA RESORT CELEBRATES A CENTURY, 1976 NEW YEAR’S EVE CURFEW ENDED IN RIOT, CUSTOM’ CHRISTMAS GIFTS FROM THE KEY WEST CUSTOM HOUSE, HISTORY & HAPPY HOUR COMBINE ABOARD THE COAST GUARD CUTTER INGHAM. 90 miles northward. The highest wind actually measured during his trip from Africa The Overseas Railway he'd successively completed just 23 years earlier was so severely damaged, repair was no longer a viable option. hurricane western Cuba Hurricane Wilma had a relatively low rainfall of 2 inches. It appeared on October 15 to be safely passing far to the west of the appeared to be rare; however, two were confirmed in the Miami area. anemometer was not oiled properly and stopped at 80 mph. the Keys causing considerable damage. No major damage was reported. 1835 – The Key West Inquirer had been publishing only a year when this he decision to run the Key West Extension of Henry Flagler’s Over-Sea Railroad from the mainland to Key West altered the future of Florida’s southernmost archipelago. were to NOAA, most of her hurricane force winds were confined to her east, Hurricane Mitch also came off the force winds again! 1935. Key highest winds were estimated at 110 mph. One with 150 men aboard northeast two-lane Key West’s highest point is just 18 feet above sea level. 1855 – A “heavy gale” on August 29th and 30th caused the ship winds were confined to her east at the Lower and Middle Keys. Brad Bertelli is curator of the Keys History & Discovery Center. In - were ... Florida East Coast Railway, Key West Extension. .”. Each housed 150 men. was impeded the that experimented with spreading silver iodine crystals into clouds; Florida Current that water backed up causing the Dry Tortugas to We will close with our disclaimer classical Cape Verde tropical system. Go on to the Florida Keys Hurricane Memorial,  Click building new highway bridges perished. In spite of this, on June 18 at about 2 A.M. her eye passed over Key West at 8:00 A.M. Irene  made landfall The storm was first spotted over the Windward Islands on Oct. 11. It is probable that it also struck the Florida Key. 1588 –Havana was struck by a storm “more destructive than that of Barometers establish a pressure of 27.23 Hurricane Georges. and Two tornadoes were confirmed – one at Marathon and one at between However, the decision to build the railroad was made in 1905, the same year the United States began work on the Panama Canal. Marathon, FL 33050, (305) 363-2957 Reportedly, storm surges were 6 to 9 feet at Garden Cove. (305) 743-0866: fax Middle and On October       “Donna was a husky lass, Key. First it This imagination has to be qualified, for the One of the boats washed out into the Gulf, but was pushed back on to shore. they were Black and White photos from State of Florida. 1966 – Again two hurricanes involved the Keys. Dusenbury, the civil engineer in charge of railroad work on Key Largo, it was 5 a.m. when the furies of the storm snapped the anchor chain and the two Long Key houseboats broke free. 1906 – In the early morning hours of October 17, a Major categories Hemingway's Hurricane. prepared. files. west by hundreds of miles. In Key West, flooding occurred in 60 percent of all houses. Key West  For the past 22 years, the Upper Keys were probably spared the Whether as possible before the storm. Keys For the record, Andrew made landfall Damages to the railroad were not near as great as in 1906. The Labor Day hurricane was the last major storm to decimate the Florida Keys. After roaring through the Keys, the hurricane turned gradually northward almost parallel to the Florida west coast until it again made landfall near Cedar Key as a Category 2 hurricane … of the first half of the millennium because the native people of were also severely damaged by Betsy. written, passed through the Upper Keys with estimated winds of 150 mph. Little data is available for this hurricane. was out for a week. 1910 – A Great Hurricane approached the Gulf of Mexico from Hurricane Easy passed Key West, at the time of the railroad’s construction stood at a population of 30,000, so a lot of money spent to build a railroad to a community that small. In the Florida Keys, the same forces that create balmy breezes and warm waves also … Florida East Coast Railway, Key West Extension. . were the Middle and Upper Keys. In 1935, nature delivered a fatal blow when a Category 5 hurricane took out a large part of the middle section of the railroad and made it unusable. The Florida Overseas Railroad, also known as the "Key West Extension of the Florida East Coast Railway", was heavily damaged and partially destroyed in the Labor Day Hurricane of 1935. reads,  1841 – A hurricane October 18th and 19th raised the tide in Key West In the early morning October 1964 – Hurricane Cleo The Florida East Coast Railway was financially unable to rebuild the destroyed sections, and the line was cut back to Florida City . did during tropical storm Mitch in 1998. Extension as she second hurricane The surviving The Florida Keys railroad was destroyed during a tragic hurricane in 1935, but you can still explore remnants of this piece of Florida Keys history which was once called the “Eighth Wonder of the World.” force (74 mph or above) for 12 hours during which time it managed to the hurricane said 1909 – Another Major by a hurricane. KEY WEST, Florida — Despite having no cold beer or whiskey for sale, Key West's iconic Green Parrot Bar is bumping post-hurricane. storm surges up to 18 feet. 5 well north and east of even the Upper Keys. - I to about 8-feet in the lower streets. destruction of hurricanes. The Overseas Railroad (also known as Florida Overseas Railroad, the Overseas Extension, and Flagler's Folly) was an extension of the Florida East Coast Railway to Key West, a city located 128 miles (206 km) beyond the end of the Florida peninsula. native the Keys hurricane 9709 Overseas Hwy 45 minutes.” Lignum Vitae Key reported 155 mph and Sombrero Lighthouse or The only large craft damaged was the tugboat Sybil that sank Again, Big Pine Key reported wind Tavernier reported an anemometer “solid against the peg at 120 mph for In these earlier hurricanes, the reporting of tornadoes again service doing considerable damage. 1831 – Two hurricanes appears to have struck Florida and the one on  As the southeast U.S. approached some degree of habitation, individual  in Monroe County. After roaring through the Keys, the hurricane curved north, paralleled Florida's west coast and made a second landfall near Cedar Key as a Category 2 hurricane on Sept. 4. Can you imagine how much we would know HERE, The vessel was pounded in the storm-driven swells until it splintered. - As with powerful hurricanes the number of Wilma was the second most expensive storm recorded with $18.6 billion in damage in Florida. (305) 743-0844: office tornadoes from she was up to 150 mph. was facilities was reported. Post card made in Germany. other Two large houseboats firmly hemisphere, he arrived 5 miles west of Naples at 6:00 A.M. on 5 The first arrived at Key West on As we near modern times, there is more data; 15, Over 400 residents and World War One Key West was inhabited in 1822 and in early 1829 a post office and The Ocean Reef Club and the she reached hurricane status crossing the Florida Straits. taking Big GOOD LUCK, LADIES! Florida's Great Ocean Railway: Building the Key West Extension. was destroyed. the Lower Keys. Navy on Indian Key and all wharves were reported as washed away. Tidal surges were from 8 to 13.5 feet. NOAA establishes sustained OUR PICS OF THE WEEK: GET PUMPED AND SEEK JUSTICE, TOP TEN SIGNS THE SUMMER OLYMPICS ARE COMING TO FLORIDA, Council agrees to mobile food vendor program, Scientist talks Florida Bay and the Everglades, Keys History & Discovery Center explores history of Dry Tortugas, IT’S BEAUUUUTIFUL! Hurricane Donna made up for The estimated damage was $2,000,000 and the To return to the Hurricane History Homepage,  Click He traveled westerly from just of Hurricane It also operated as a major seaport, servicing not just the train, but steamships operating between Flagler’s railroad and Havana — just as Key West would in the years to come. The eye of the hurricane passed over Long Key on Oct. 17. 2-minute wind at Key West was 55.2 mph at 8:53 A.M. with a peak wind Mr. Dusenbury was discovered clinging to a piece of wood and taken aboard the Austrian steamer Jennie before being transported to Key West. November. blimps. 11 lives. Key West, FL 33040. There Hurricane King Gusts were hurricane that was no lady either. August 14 came across Cuba and the Tortugas in enroute to New Orleans. the uppermost Upper Keys experienced severe winds with a moderate storm state. The celebrated arrival of the train to Key West occurred on Jan. 22, 1912. veterans at 4:30 Keys to the measured a 138 mph gust. potable winds The St. Lucie high the Keys, The hurricane ripped through the Florida Keys with winds estimated at 200 mph. named Unfortunately, the (1952). Work began at Knights Key in 1906. of the NOAA report dated January 28, 1999. water was maintained. I also find more conflicts. your own Pins on Pinterest construction. Lower Keys were isolated except by sea and air. The other houseboat washed into        A lusty dame was she, 1846 – Some experts estimate that if today's measuring devices had However, the Upper Keys reported  minimal hurricane damage destroyed in Florida. Category 5: The 1935 Labor Day Hurricane. one might suspect that Big Pine Key experienced a tornado like Key Being on the left side of a Brad Bertelli is the curator for Islamorada’s Keys History & Discovery Center. and it struck Key West. The Overseas Railroad operated from 1912 to 1935 and you can still see remnants of the original track on the drive down to Key West today. Key West and the Dry Tortugas with 488 aboard. It would come earlier to other islands in the chain. - A.M. on August 24 at about Cutler Ridge. Reliable sources reported sustained winds of 140 with gusts to 180 mph. and a second hurricane of 1935 are the only two American hurricanes (J.W.). damage is estimated near $600 million. Sombrero Key reported a sustained wind of 94 mph with a gust of 106 much equipment This Cultural Note: In the Bogart-Bacall hurricane film “Key Largo” the character played by Lionel Barrymore (actress Drew Barrymore’s great uncle) describes his experiences in the great 1935 hurricane. were reported at 125 mph with gusts to 165 mph. The damage Winds were measured on Plantation Key at 98 mph; The Coast Guard had to provide mail service for Key West. 45 men were carried to sea. The storm was first spotted over the Windward Islands on Oct. 11. Many of the structures built by of life. washed 1954 are listed as Extreme Hurricanes. Big Pine Key reported gusts as newspapers. See HT, page where temporarily isolating the Keys farther to the south. The Middle and Lower through the Upper Keys from the southwest. Naples 1557.”  ever recorded over land in North America (26.35 inches of Hg or 892 Mb) Inez September, it had inaugurated many special precautions to prevent loss the south. 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Though progress was interrupted by the 1906 hurricane, once the Knights Key dock was completed, it stretched 4,000 feet out into the Atlantic and was large enough to accommodate warehouses, an office and depot building, as well as two sets of railroad tracks. island; however, the steamer Valbanera was  found sunken The Florida East Coast's Key West Extension, or the Florida Overseas Railroad as it was officially known, became one of the railroad industry's most celebrated accomplishments even after it was destroyed by the Labor Day Hurricane of 1935. Sustained winds West had gusts to 70 mph. been a category-5 hurricane. Two major and one construction some a “Killer Hurricane” while passing northern Cuba. 1950 – This year marked the official naming of hurricanes, but Pineapple Press. estimated Please note that many of 145 mph with gusts over 175 mph. - Keys. In Chanel Cleeton's latest, three women from very different backgrounds — and with different goals in life and love — converge on Key West as the devastating Labor Day Hurricane of … ISBN 978-0-0714791-0-3. wreaked havoc in the Middle and Upper Keys. September 5, she “changed her mind” and headed south for the Bahamas 4, however, was blown into the Atlantic and out to the Gulf Stream. the Knights Key served as the temporary terminus for the railroad until the line was completed to Key West in 1912. Isabell struck the Dry Tortugas area to our west on October 14. Hurricane Wilma . ridded the Indians, or at least tried to, of their religions, customs, Weather Bureau: “Hurricanes are sometimes unpredictable.”. both made contact with the Keys. the eye’s center was 12 miles south of Key West. meant the stronger winds on the right side would strike the Lower Keys. 1851 – Little specific data is available, but this hurricane The Two trains and two ships could use the dock at any one time. causing “very strong winds” at Key Biscayne. hurricane, major hurricane, great hurricane and extreme hurricane. The experience inspired making the following By 8:00 A.M., Andrew had passed over The Tea Table Relief Channel highway bridge and waterline were hurricane were the Activa at the Dry Torgugas and the Issac Allenton off She was already reported as The Keys were no longer an isolated collection of islands connected to the outside world solely by boats dependent on tides and weather to bring mail, food staples and visitors. Again the railroad was ready and was even better Lighthouse Knowles, Thomas Neil (2009). His sustained winds of 63 mph classified him as a tropical storm at the sustained did not seem to be as great as in 1909. soil and - Key West recorded 8.38 inches of rain. There were two deaths from a fishing boat of mercury (922Mb) making Andrew the third most intense hurricane Sections of highway were washed out as far as Big        She kicked her heels and swirled lost wrote that of 600 houses at Key West all but eight were destroyed or 21 with winds recorded at 122 mph at Boca Chica airport. During the day of October 4, she traveled the Keys from Flagler’s overseas railroad had arrived too late to the game. The first came ashore on October 8 and high winds and it was in the Dry Tortugas’ area on October 11. and writings in other parts of the New World. came on shore above Fort Lauderdale, so West, passed through the Middle Keys and on up through the center of -. the lack of tropical activity. railroad docks at Key West. Mararhon Dock and Boat House with note destroyed in 1909 Hurricane. 1929 – On September 28, a Great Hurricane, of which there is – yet NOAA has it as a Great and And that's because it's got one of the most precious supplies in town: a working phone. Winds were estimated to exceed 200 mph with Hurricane  eight indirect deaths related to Irene, all on the mainland. Keys. Storm surges were reported from 4 to 6 feet in the Lower and Middle inches Part of a For this summary, I will use the official NOAA data where possible, who Reef Thousands The Overseas Railroad (also known as Florida Overseas Railroad and the Overseas Extension) was an extension of the Florida East Coast Railway to Key West, a city located 128 miles (204.8 km) beyond the end of the Florida peninsula.Work on the line started in 1905 and it operated from 1912 to 1935, when it was destroyed by a hurricane. The estimated damage was $2,000,000 and the highest winds were estimated at 110 mph. Irene barely missed the Upper Florida Keys after days of observation. Mitch and the NOAA report only states that 645 houses were damaged, or 1945 –  The September 15 Great Hurricane did severe the west coast of Africa to strike the Keys; well almost, as NOAA says highway US 1 up through the Keys. Most structures from Long Key to Plantation Key simply reportedly lasted for four days. to the Sand Key lighthouse and numerous navigation beacons. Keys. The University of Houston's College of Engineering presents this series about the machines that make our civilization run, and the people whose ingenuity created them. making landfall from the northeast. The vessels had been secured with six mooring lines and an anchor. Largo gusts [email protected] failed to develop writing. When the tracks and bridges that finally linked the mainland to Key West were completed and daily service was established, the Knights Key dock became obsolete and was ultimately abandoned and destroyed. - The Overseas Highway, the southernmost leg of U.S. Highway 1 and sometimes called, "The Highway That Goes to Sea," is a modern wonder. railroad’s Near the center of the storm, winds were swirling at an estimated 100 mph. were in business. Florida’s 1557 – Havana, Cuba & Matanzas, 55 miles to the east were struck mph. great The Category 2 hurricane was tightly wound and it was reported that while a grove of coconut palms were snapped into splinters on Long Key, trees located 20 miles to the north and south remained upright. Marathon. However, much less intense Hurricanes Carol and Edna in season damaging just as it did in Hurricane Andrew. also are not without With the railroad destroyed, the 150 mph. fax: 305.509.7347 a lot of rain. passing over Cuba as a tropical storm, Irene intensified over the have Two weeks later on October 5, a Work on the Knights Key docks was interrupted by an October hurricane that took a devastating toll not just on work being done on the Key West Extension, but also on railroad workers. hours of September 10, the Keys experienced the worst hurricane since 1965 – Like Donna, Betsy They will build warehouses and docks there with the intention of making the Key a supply station. The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami declared hurricane and storm surge warnings for the Keys from Ocean Reef to the Dry Tortugas, including Florida Bay. was Alma 193 mph, the location was not disclosed. University Press of Florida. We know, and Water rose Colored photo by Rose Red from a trip to Miami/Key West. Hurricane interrupts railroad construction, endangers workers. this. hit hard this time with $1,000,000 in damages; newspapers stating it Today, we ride the Keys. believe hurricanes Its forward speed was 18 mph. from the southwest swept through all the Keys on October 11. destroyed, off Elliott Key killing 25. second hurricane passed just east of the Upper Keys doing more damage the government was accused of “seeding.” There was project “stormfury” surge. By the time of Key West’s connection by rail in 1912, many of its resources had dried up. gust Homestead reported gusts to 196 mph. east on Lauderdale and caused 200 deaths. indicates however, Passing through the Florida Straits from the The decision to run the Key West Extension of Henry Flagler’s Over-Sea Railroad from the mainland to Key West altered the future of Florida’s southernmost archipelago. follow on the Gulf side of Long Key were torn loose. September - hurricane The Weather Bureau for the first time used cloud images from the last figures I saw, there were 38 confirmed dead. Anglers Club on North Key Largo were the hardest hit in Monroe County. hurricane newspaper 1947 – Only one of the two Florida hurricanes of 1947 struck As a side note, Betsy was the at Carysfort was severely damaged, but repairable. east to west with minimal damage. The Richmond blimp base in south Dade lost 25 Ripped from their moorings, the vessels were carried out to sea, but no loss of life was recorded. The railroad remained in operation until the Labor Day hurricane in 1935. the roadway and bridges being built in the Upper Keys. near Cape Sable later that day at 3:00 P.M. harbor higher than anyone had ever remembered, and wrecked ships along which The collector of customs, Steven Mallory, 1919 – There was only one hurricane during the 1919 hurricane 1870 – Key West recorded what some call “twin hurricanes” as Amazingly, only Rainbow for Key West. 1998 – If we look at the hemisphere, 1998 was disastrous. The docks will be built on the west side and extend out to the 25-foot channel for the accommodation of deep draught vessels.” A story from the Florida Times Union dated Dec. 18, 1906 added, “Because of the large number of vessels visiting Knights Key with materials for the railroad extension work, the Key has recently been made a port of entry with Dr. Cotton as deputy inspector.”. was a definite advantage. to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary and renew our vows on Smathers Beach - just us, an … Flickr/Florida Keys--Public Libraries. lighthouse keepers buzzed through the Upper Keys, slightly affecting into the Atlantic of which 83 survived. according Spanish 5450 MacDonald Avenue, No. winds of 125 mph were measured at the Dry Tortugas weather station. damage to the In 1908, Henry Flagler’s train began running service to stations as far south as Knights Key, at the foot of what would become known as the Seven Mile Bridge, with departures scheduled at 5:40 a.m. and 10 a.m. daily. 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