Long Island Express
Seventy-five years ago Saturday, a deadly and fast-moving storm hit Long Island and New England and surprised everyone.
About 700 people died 75 years ago when the storm known variously as the Great New England Hurricane of 1938 or the Long Island Express began plowing up the Northeast coastline at 2:45 p.m. on Sept. 21, 1938.
Westhampton Beach mayor Conrad Teller was in the third grade during the Great New England Hurricane in 1938. Recalling the storm, which left 50 people dead, Teller says, unlike Hurricane Irene, no one knew what was about to hit.
Marinas pulled boats in from the water, tourists canceled shoreline getaways and Connecticut’s governor urged residents to make storm preparations.