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1947 - Hialeah Race Track during the Flood of 1947 caused by Hurricane VI
SEP-1947 Florida State Archives

1947 - Hialeah Race Track during the Flood of 1947 caused by Hurricane VI

Hialeah, Florida

The view is looking east-south-east and the flooded land around the race track.

Hurricane VI struck South Florida on September 17th after stalling for 24 hours over Abaco in the Bahamas on the 15th. It came ashore at Ft. Lauderdale moving west, bringing winds in excess of 100 mph to the 70 mile stretch from Palm Beach to the northern sections of Miami. The area between Ft. Lauderdale (Boca Raton, Pompano, Deerfield and Delray) and Lake Worth suffered the greatest damage. Hurricane force winds extended from Cape Canaveral to Carysfort Reef Light, a distance of 240 miles. The highest winds by a reliable instrument were at the Coast Guard's Hillsboro Light where sustained winds for a solid minute were 155 mph at 12:56 pm. The lowest pressure reading of 947.2 (27.97 inches) was also recorded at Hillsboro Light. Miami's highest winds were 90mph at 2 pm. The hurricane crossed the state and emerged into the Gulf of Mexico slightly north of Naples at 10 pm. Florida's losses were 11 deaths directly related to the storm and 6 additional deaths due to related accidents and electrocutions and $31 million in lost property, crop damage and livestock losses.

After emerging into the Gulf, the hurricane aimed for the Louisiana/Mississippi border and the 25-mile wide eye passed directly over New Orleans and Baton Rouge. Extensive flooding damage was caused to coastal areas in Louisiana and Mississippi. A break in the New Orleans Industrial Canal levee caused flooding in sections of New Orleans.

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