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Hurricanes at Eye Level: Wind, waves and destruction

Uproar

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The Atlantic hurricane season runs June 1 to Nov. 30. ...Waves striking seawall give appearance of geysers erupting. Photo was taken in 1938 off of the New England coast.

Waves of Destruction

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Sixteen feet of storm surge struck the Florida Panhandle during Hurricane Eloise. Photo was taken on September 23, 1975.

Close Encounter

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This historical image shows a startled man ready to run after hurricane driven wave smashes into seawall, just north of Miami Beach, Florida. Photo was taken in September 1947.

Safe from Storm Surge

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Shown above is an artist's rendition of "safe" people in high-rise observing storm surge.

Windy City

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Flash flooding is severe in the town as a result of the mighty strong winds and heavy downpour of rain in the Corpus Christi, Texas area. Photo was taken on May 10, 1968.

America's Deadliest

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The unnamed Category-4 hurricane that slammed into Galveston, Texas between September 1-10, 1900 remains the deadliest ever to hit the United States, having killed upwards of 6,000 people (estimates vary) and leveling virtually the entire town.

High Above the Sea

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Amazing photo of the significant damage left behind by Hurricane Andrew. The photo shows what is left of the buildings on the Deering Estate Still - watermarks from storm surge measured at 16.5 feet high.

In the Ground

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The photo shows the remains of a house built on a concrete slab. This home was destroyed, as a result of the damage inflicted by Hurricane Eloise, a Category 3 storm. Photo was taken in late September 1975 at the Florida Panhandle.

The Big Domino Effect

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The oil tanks at Hess Oil Refinery on St. Croix Tanks collapsed because of wind pressure, as a result of Hurricane Hugo, which in effect caused an oil spill. Photo was taken in late September 1989.

Collapsed!

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Ben Sawyer Bridge to Sullivans Island collapses after passage of Hurricane Hugo. Photo was taken in late September 1989.

Overpowered

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These large ships were no match for Hurricane Camille. Photo was taken on August 17, 1969 in Gulfport, Mississippi.