Letter Regarding the Great Miami Hurricane, 1926

From: N2013-15

Letter Regarding the Great Miami Hurricane, 1926


altho [sic] it’s the first floor used for bedrooms. About 4 ft. from the bay is the Grille, arcade and shops. The next floor, lounge, office, lobby, dining room, kitchen, 3rd floor, mezzanine, balcony for orchestra, pte.dining rooms, linen room etc.then on the next floor are the bedrooms. Our room is on the west facing the bay, and the wind was coming from the north east, so we were in luck or thot [sic] we were. Our room was OK until the second storm struck it.

The first half of the storm took awnings, windows, screens, draperies, and everything on the north and east.The rooms were flooded clothes ruined, bedding, furniture and everything that was in the rooms.

We came down stairs about five am, gee how spooky it was inky black and the wind howling thru the corridors but what a wreck the lobby lounge and mezzanine, about 2 in. of water in the lobby and that was on the second floor, guests in pajamas and bath robes, bathing suits or what have you?