Worst Hurricanes to Impact Connecticut

With the Atlantic hurricane season beginning to ramp up, here are some of the worst hurricanes on record to impact Connecticut.

1.) Long Island Express – 1938 – It impacted Connecticut as a category 3, and caused storm surges of 10-12 feet along the coast. In addition to the storm surge, the storm brought torrential rains as well as strong winds. The storm had arrived with little warning, which cost the lives of 600 people and left over $300 million dollars in damage (in 1938 dollars).

2.) The Great Hurricane – 1944 – Just like the ‘Long Island Express’, this storm arrived as a category 3 hurricane. It’s impacts were much worse for the eastern half of the state as well as into Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Locations in central Connecticut experienced wind gusts upwards of 100 mph and coastal towns received up to 11 inches of rainfall.

3.) Hurricane Carol – 1954 – Carol impacted the area as a category 3 with sustained winds between 80 and 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. Hurricane Carol was responsible for 60 deaths and upwards of $461 million dollars in damage to the U.S.

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

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

In the years following, Connecticut still has experienced Hurricanes. Below is a list of the most recent storms.

1960 – Hurricane Donna (Category 1)

1972 – Hurricane Agnes (Downgraded to a Tropical Storm before landfall)

1985 – Hurricane Gloria (Category 2)

2011 – Hurricane Irene (Downgraded to a Tropical Storm before landfall)

2012 – Hurricane Sandy (Downgraded to a post-tropical cyclone before landfall)

Thanks for reading!

– Meteorology Intern Steven Matregrano

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