Letter Regarding the Great Miami Hurricane, 1926

From: N2013-15

Letter Regarding the Great Miami Hurricane, 1926


got to wake up, I’m so nervous and this wind is terrible.” That was about 4am. “What have we, a thunder storm?” and right away I’m told “that it isn’t thunder it’s wind” and I didn’t know wind could make so much noise. It had been blowing hard since midnight. The Fla. Power and Light Plant was about a mile across the bay, sometimes we could see the light, but most of the time we couldn’t. Everything else was in darkness.

There was a barge smashing against the viaduct and a beautiful yacht right under our window being dashed to pieces on the sea wall in the lull we could hear the men aboard shouting, finally the lights went out and we could hear no more. I suppose they abandoned her when the water got inside.

At daylight we could see her piled up on the wall, half submerged in the bay and the rest on land. The barge had disappeared entirely at dawn. Must have sunk because it couldn’t pass under the viaduct.

Our room is on the 4th floor