The 1896 Cedar Keys hurricane was a powerful tropical cyclone that
devastated much of the East Coast of the United States, starting with
Florida's Cedar Keys, near the end of September. The storm's rapid
movement allowed it to maintain much of its intensity after landfall,
becoming one of the costliest United States hurricanes at the time. The
fourth tropical cyclone of the 1896 Atlantic hurricane season, it washed
out the railroad connecting the Cedar Keys to the mainland with a
10.5 ft (3.2 m) storm surge, and submerged much of the island group
(Cedar Key flooding pictured). The hurricane killed at least 70 people
in mainland Florida, and razed 5,000 sq mi (13,000 km2) of dense pine
forests in the northern part of the state. In Savannah, Georgia, fierce
winds unroofed thousands of structures. In Washington, D.C., the White
House grounds were left in disarray. Monuments at the Gettysburg
Battlefield were damaged. Along the storm's path, it caused at least 202
Read more: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1896_Cedar_Keys_hurricane>
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