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Miami in Miami-Dade County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Great Miami Hurricane of 1926

 
 
Great Miami Hurricane of 1926 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Marsha A. Matson
1. Great Miami Hurricane of 1926 Marker
Marker is missing from its location on NE 1st St. and NE 1st Ave.
Inscription. On September 18, 1926, the Great Miami Hurricane swept across South Florida with estimated winds of 131-155 mph. Before the era of satellites and computer models, warnings for tropical cyclones were often inadequate. A storm warning from Washington was posted by the Miami Weather Bureau Office (located on the third floor of the Old U.S. Post Office and Courthouse Building from 1914 to 1929) at noon on September 17. A hurricane warning went up only as the winds were rising at 11:25 PM. Weather instruments on the roof of the building blew away around 3:30 AM. The eye of the hurricane reached the coast at 6:00 AM, lasting about 35 minutes with a lowest pressure measured at 27.61 inches. The second part of the hurricane produced the strongest winds and the highest storm surge up to 10 feet that completely flooded Miami Beach and several blocks inland on the mainland, causing the deaths of many people who mistakenly thought the storm was over. The storm killed more than 370 people, made more than 25,000 people homeless, and caused millions of dollars in South Florida. It continued across the state and moved into the Gulf of Florida near Fort Myers, making a second landfall west of Pensacola on September 20, 1926.
 
Erected by The National Weather Service and the Florida Department of State.
 
Location. Marker has been reported missing. It was located near 25° 46.511′ N, 80° 11.517′ W. Marker was in Miami, Florida
Old Federal Building in front of which the marker once stood image. Click for full size.
By Marsha A. Matson, September 7, 2015
2. Old Federal Building in front of which the marker once stood
, in Miami-Dade County. Marker was at the intersection of Northeast 1st Avenue and NE 1st Street, on the left when traveling north on Northeast 1st Avenue. Touch for map. Marker was at or near this postal address: 100-118 Northeast 1st Avenue, Miami FL 33130, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. Menendez on Biscayne Bay (within shouting distance of this marker); Gesu Catholic Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Tequesta (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Dade County (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Tower of Snow (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Miami Circle at Brickell Point (approx. 0.4 miles away); Saving the Circle (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Miami Circle (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Miami.
 
Also see . . .
1. Dedication ceremony for marker, Sept. 18, 2007. (Submitted on September 11, 2015, by Marsha A. Matson of Palmetto Bay, Florida.)
2. Old United States Post Office and Courthouse - Wikipedia. (Submitted on September 11, 2015, by Marsha A. Matson of Palmetto Bay, Florida.)
3. NOAA Memorial webpage for the 1926 Great Miami Hurricane. (Submitted on September 11, 2015, by Marsha A. Matson of Palmetto Bay, Florida.)
 
Categories. Disasters
 
<i>Wreckage at Miami, Fla.</i> image. Click for full size.
1926
3. Wreckage at Miami, Fla.
<i>Boats From Biscayne Bay Left High and Dry on the City Streets, Miami Hurricane</i> image. Click for full size.
1926
4. Boats From Biscayne Bay Left High and Dry on the City Streets, Miami Hurricane
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 26, 2017. This page originally submitted on September 11, 2015, by Marsha A. Matson of Palmetto Bay, Florida. This page has been viewed 266 times since then and 73 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 11, 2015, by Marsha A. Matson of Palmetto Bay, Florida.   3, 4. submitted on September 14, 2015. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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