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September-October 2015

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Into the Eye: Tracing the History of the Hurricane Hunters

Today it's hard to imagine any hurricane, especially a major hurricane (one with maximum sustained winds of 111 mph or greater) hitting the United States with absolutely no warning. But such a thing happened on September 21, 1938, when a Category 3 hurricane slammed into Long Island, New York, crossed Long Island Sound, and hit between Bridgeport and New Haven, Connecticut, with sustained winds as high as 120 mph and 12 to 15 feet of storm surge.

JACK WILLIAMS was the founding weather editor of USA TODAY and is now a freelance writer. He is the author or co-author of seven books, five of which are about weather.

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