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American Experience
Hurricane of '38, The
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Premiered October 1988 As television's longest-running, most-watched history series, American Experience brings to life the incredible characters and epic stories that helped form this nation. Now in its eighteenth season, the series has produced over 180 programs and garnered every major broadcast award. Series release date: 10/1988

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In September of 1938, a great storm rose up on the African coast and began to cross the Atlantic. The National Weather Bureau predicted it would blow itself out at Cape Hatteras, as such storms usually did. Within 24 hours of the Weather Bureau's benign forecast, the so-called "Florida cyclone" ripped into the New England coast with a fury that set off seismographs in Alaska. Expecting only heavy rains, people found themselves, virtually without warning, in the midst of the most devastating storm ever recorded in North America. JUN95 airing - part of American Experience's "Disaster Night" - aired along with "The Great San Francisco Earthquake" and "The Johnstown Flood."



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