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Climate Change

Remembering The 1938 Hurricane, 80 Years Later

Central Bridge washout. Photo courtesy of the Rhode Island State Archives

In the afternoon of September 21, 1938 without warning, winds more than 100 miles an hour whipped the region and tidal waves about 30 feet high destroyed homes and cottages. Hundreds of people lost their lives, and when it was all over, millions of dollars worth of damage was left behind.

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