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The Great Hurricane of 1938, better known as the Long Island Express, is considered to be one of the most powerful recorded hurricanes in history. With wind speeds of up to 109 mph, this storm created a path of destruction, leaving 700 dead, 63,000 homeless and billions in damages across LI and New England. The storm also permanently changed the local landscape by creating 10 new inlets on the East End -- most notably, the Shinnecock Inlet in Moriches.

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