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Sudden Sea by R.A. Scotti
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Mar 24, 11

bookshelves: disaster, non-fiction
Read in March, 2011

When the hurricane swept into New England on September 21, 1938 there was no warning, no idea that the winds were anything more than a normal “noreaster” common in the fall and winter. Most people would not have known the word hurricane, or realized that powerful hurricane’s had hit the New England coast before. Massively high tides and surges of water obliterated entire beach communities, sweeping houses, cars, and inhabitants away and leaving an empty beach behind. This book was written in 2003 so one of the saddest things is the author’s belief that what happened in 1938 (with our limited ability to predict the weather) could not possibly happen today; of course Hurricane Katrina in 2005 would turn out to prove her wrong. One of the scariest things is that many of those same barrier beach communities washed into the sea in 1938 were re-built and are now even more heavily populated.
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