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Connecticut's worst hurricanes

Published 2:46 pm, Thursday, November 1, 2012

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  • Jack Deep stocks batteries and flashlights at Deep's Hardware in Danbury Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012. He has placed emergency orders for storm-related items in anticipation of Hurricane Sandy's arrival. Photo: Michael Duffy
    Jack Deep stocks batteries and flashlights at Deep's Hardware in Danbury Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012. He has placed emergency orders for storm-related items in anticipation of Hurricane Sandy's arrival. Photo: Michael Duffy

 

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Here's how the other major hurricanes to hit Connecticut measure up:

1938 -- Long Island Express: The granddaddy of them all, it arrived in the state as a Category 3, and caused storm surges of 10-12 feet along the coast. The storm arrived with little warning, packing heavy rain and strong winds that in some places reshaped the coastline. Overall, the hurricane caused 600 deaths and $308 million in damage, in 1938 dollars.

1944 -- The Great Hurricane: Although it arrived in Connecticut as a Category 3 on Sept. 14, the storm's impact was much worse in the eastern half of the state, and in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. A maximum wind gust of 109 mph was recorded in Hartford, with rainfall of up to 11 inches along the shore.

1954 -- Hurricane Carol: Made landfall as a Category 3 on Aug. 31, with sustained winds of 80-100 mph. There was a storm surge all along the New England coast that caused severe flooding. Water depths of 8-10 feet were recorded in downtown Providence, R.I. Carol was responsible for 60 deaths and $461 million in damage in the U.S.

1955 -- Hurricane Connie: The rains from Connie on Aug. 12 set the stage for the devastating flooding caused by Diane five days later.

1955 -- Hurricane Diane: The lower Naugatuck Valley was devastated by record-high flood waters, destroying homes and businesses in Ansonia and Derby, and causing several deaths.

1960 -- Hurricane Donna: A Category 1 storm when it reached Connecticut on Sept. 12, it caused storm surges of up to 10 feet along the coast and between 4 and 8 inches of rain. The storm caused $387 million in damage in the U.S.

1972 -- Hurricane Agnes: Although downgraded to a tropical storm by the time it reached the state June 22 and quickly weakened, it brought between 14 and 19 inches of rain during a three-day stay.

1985 -- Hurricane Gloria: It was the strongest storm to hit Connecticut in more than 30 years when it came ashore as a Category 2 hurricane Sept. 28. Strong winds and torrential rains caused heavy damage to homes and businesses along the shore, particularly in a swath from Westport to Milford.

2011 -- Hurricane Irene: Arrived as a tropical storm, but destroyed houses, particularly in East Haven, Milford and Fairfield.

Sources: www.Hurricaneville.com, www.nhc.noaa.gov/outreach/history