Focus 12: Hurricanes - Part I

As hurricane season approaches, many Florida residents are gearing up for what forecasters say will be a busy season. However, some hurricane experts say Long Island is overdue for a big storm as well.

Some Long Islanders remember when one of the worst hurricanes on record slammed Long Island in 1938. Officials say hundreds of people died across the Northeast. They say homes and businesses were destroyed and Long Island?s landscape was changed forever.

Coastal geologist Nicholas Coch says Long Island is one of the worst places in the country for a storm to hit. According to the National Hurricane Center, the right angle that the island makes with New Jersey is the worst place for a hurricane to hit because flood waters would be trapped.

Some experts say homes on the shores are a liability if a big hurricane hits. Officials say most of the houses in West Hampton Dunes were constructed thicker and stronger than required. However, officials add that many other homes on the island do not meet the minimum government standards.

Click here to view video footage of the 1938 hurricane on Long Island

Related Links: The Long Island ExpressHurricane Center Full Long Island Forecast on the Web Hurricane of 1938 History Long Island Hurricane History Long Island Weather LIPA Hurricane Season Information Preparing for a Hurricane Hurricane Preparedness for Nassau County Hurricane Preparedness for Nassau Residents Long Island South Shore Hurricane Storm Surge Maps Hurricane Gloria History

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