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Long Island Tropical Storm of September 8, 1934
(Hurricane # 6)

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On September 8, 1934 a tropical storm first reported over the eastern Bahamas passed over Long Island after brushing by Cape Hatteras on its journey north. The storm attained hurricane strength with the lowest pressure report received from a ship at sea being 28.56 inches (967 millibars). The New York City area was on the western side of the storm as it crossed Long Island, but still reported near hurricane force winds and very heavy rain that caused roads to become impassible. The 4.86 inches of rain that fell in Central Park on September 8, 1934 stands to this day as the 8th greatest single day precipitation total. At the time it was the 4th greatest single day total.

In the New Haven, CT area electric lines were reported down and transportation impaired by the storm, including in Milford where trolley cars were reported to have been inundated. Near Atlantic City, NJ, 3 men on a fishing trip drowned when their 35 foot power boat capsized 2 miles off shore. Cape Hatteras reported 7.72 inches of rain in 24 hours and a peak wind gust to 65 mph in the wake of the storm as it moved away to the north, but no property damage or loss of life.

Some wind and rain reports for the hurricane are listed in the tables below:

Cape Hatteras, NC 65 mph NW 9/8
Cape Henry, VA 38 mph NE 9/8
Philadelphia, PA 36 mph NE 9/8
Trenton, NJ 35 mph N 9/8
Atlantic City, NJ 60 mph NW 9/8
Sandy Hook, NJ 65 mph N 9/8
New York, NY 65 mph N 9/8
New Haven, CT 37 mph SE 9/8
Block Island, RI 40 mph SE 9/8
Providence, RI 46 mph SE 9/9
Boston, MA 46 mph SE 9/9
Portland, ME 33 mph SE 9/9
Central Park, NYC   4.86"

Setauket, LI              1.88"

Bridgehampton, LI     1.04"

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