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The southeast corner of West and Bay Pavilion (Credit: Handout)

The southeast corner of West and Bay Pavilion is shown. An exhibit recognizing The 75th anniversary of the Hurricane of 1938 is on display at the Westhampton Beach Historical Society in Westhampton Beach. Local families share personal stories and photos relaying moments in their life during that time. (Sept. 18, 2013)

The Long Island Hurricane of 1938

The Long Island Express, a 1938 hurricane, took the Island by surprise 75 years ago, wiping out most homes on the Dune Road barrier island, destroying boats, pushing cars and debris three miles inland and creating the Shinnecock Inlet, which remains to this day.

The remains of a home on Shore Road
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The remains of a home on Shore Road in Westhampton. The Long Island Express, a 1938 hurricane, took Long Island by surprise 75 years ago, wiping out most homes on the Dune Road barrier island, destroying boats, pushing cars and debris three miles inland and creating the Shinnecock Inlet, which remains to this day.

A pictorial record of the hurricane is shown.
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A pictorial record of the hurricane is shown. The 1938, which roared on to Connecticut and western Massachusetts, took around 60 lives on Long Island, with a total fatality count of around 600 on- and offshore, according to the National Hurricane Center.

A pictorial record of the hurricane is shown.
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A pictorial record of the hurricane is shown. Packing 120 mph sustained winds when it plowed into the Island, the 1938 hurricane "makes Sandy look like a light breeze," said Jon Stanat, a trustee of the Westhampton Beach Historical Society.

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A view of a Westhampton beach club in
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A view of a Westhampton beach club in 1936 is shown. Back in 1938, surge across Long Island was 15 feet, Scott A. Mandia, professor of physical sciences, Suffolk County Community College "which was about twice that for Sandy," though New York Harbor was hit with a 14-foot storm tide.

Rayor's Garage is shown before the hurricane. The
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Rayor's Garage is shown before the hurricane. The Long Island Express, a 1938 hurricane, took Long Island by surprise 75 years ago, wiping out most homes on the Dune Road barrier island, destroying boats, pushing cars and debris three miles inland and creating the Shinnecock Inlet, which remains to this day.

Main Street looking West is shown. The Long
(Credit: Handout)

Main Street looking West is shown. The Long Island Express, a 1938 hurricane, took Long Island by surprise 75 years ago, wiping out most homes on the Dune Road barrier island, destroying boats, pushing cars and debris three miles inland and creating the Shinnecock Inlet, which remains to this day.

The Swordfish Beach Club was mostly destroyed after
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The Swordfish Beach Club was mostly destroyed after the 1938 hurricane hit. (Oct. 1938)

A view of Swordfish Beach Club is shown
(Credit: Handout)

A view of Swordfish Beach Club is shown prior to the hurricane.

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An exhibit recognizing the 75th anniversary of the
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An exhibit recognizing the 75th anniversary of the Hurricane of 1938 is on display at the Westhampton Beach Historical Society in Westhampton Beach. Local families share personal stories and photos relaying moments in their life during that time. (Sept. 18, 2013)

Damage is shown at the residence of Judge
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Damage is shown at the residence of Judge Harold Medina after the Hurricane of 1938 struck.

The residence of Judge Harold Medina is shown
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The residence of Judge Harold Medina is shown before the Hurricane of 1938.

Main Street is shown looking West in Westhampton
(Credit: Handout)

Main Street is shown looking West in Westhampton Beach.

The west bank of Quantuck Inlet is shown.
(Credit: Handout)

The west bank of Quantuck Inlet is shown.

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A boat is carried onto Oneck Road in
(Credit: Handout)

A boat is carried onto Oneck Road in Westhampton Beach.

Main Street is shown with water running between
(Credit: Handout)

Main Street is shown with water running between Husty Tailor Shop and Weixelbaum Market in Westhampton Beach.

A Woodie is shown in water looking East.
(Credit: Handout)

A Woodie is shown in water looking East.

A home is destroyed on Oneck Road.
(Credit: Handout)

A home is destroyed on Oneck Road.

A water tank from Buena Vista is shown
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A water tank from Buena Vista is shown on first hole of a golf course.

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Of the 179 homes on Dune Road, 26
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Of the 179 homes on Dune Road, 26 remained after the hurricane.

The southeast corner of West and Bay Pavilion
(Credit: Handout)

The southeast corner of West and Bay Pavilion is shown. An exhibit recognizing The 75th anniversary of the Hurricane of 1938 is on display at the Westhampton Beach Historical Society in Westhampton Beach. Local families share personal stories and photos relaying moments in their life during that time. (Sept. 18, 2013)

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