American Disasters - Great Florida Disasters

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Great American Disasters State by State

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These pages do not begin to cover all the disasters that have taken place in every state.  There is also controversy over what constitutes and defines a "great" disaster from any other kind.  All disasters are "great" to those directly involved in them.

So these pages are a mix of "great" and "not so great" disasters.  The major disasters are all covered in the larger sites I have linked to as resources and the rest are related items of interest.

For example, you might not find a particular major disaster on this list, but it will be included in a site such as, which is one of the resources found here.

This is an excellent place to begin your research.  The links found here lead to an ever widening amount of information.  Good luck in your efforts.

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1919 Florida Keys Hurricane __ "The Florida Keys Hurricane or Atlantic Gulf Hurricane of 1919 was an intense Atlantic hurricane, killing over 600 people as it moved through the Florida Keys and Texas." An encyclopedic article. - illustrated - From wikipedia -

1935 Labor Day Hurricane: Part 1 __ "But what qualities must a hurricane possess to lay claim to the title "Storm of the Century?" Staggeringly high winds, a catastrophic storm surge and the lowest barometric pressure ever recorded in the United States put the 1935 Labor Day Hurricane at the top of the list..." A detailed account. - from -

Agnes and Andrew __ "One barely reached hurricane intensity before it rolled on shore its winds no match for its water. The other, a ferocious wind machine, leveled nearly everything in its path." A good look at both storms. - illustrated - From -

Apollo 1 __ "Apollo 1 is the official name given to the never-flown Apollo/Saturn 204 (AS-204) mission. Its command module (CM-012) was destroyed by fire during a test and training exercise on January 27, 1967 at Pad 34 (Launch Complex 34, Cape Canaveral, then known as Cape Kennedy) atop a Saturn IB rocket. The crew onboard were astronauts selected for the first manned Apollo program mission and all three died in the accident..." An encyclopedic article. - illustrated - From wikipedia -

Eastern Airlines 401 __ " Eastern Air Lines Lockheed L-1011 TriStar crashed in the Florida Everglades 18.7 miles west-northwest of Miami International Airport (MIA). Of the 163 passengers and 13 crewmembers aboard, 94 passengers and 5 crewmembers died. Two survivors died over a week later as a result of their injuries." - From -

FEMA: Florida State Disaster History __ Florida Disaster History. Major Disaster Declarations. Click on the 'disaster #' on the right side of the list to access detailed information including images and more. - illustrated - From FEMA -

Florida Disasters Floods, Fires, Tornadoes, Mine Explosions and more __ "...a look back at the events that touched our ancestor's lives - tornadoes, fires, floods, hurricanes, train wrecks, mine explosions, and tragic accidents that became a part of history and our genealogy." You will find original news accounts of Florida disasters. - From - 

The Florida Keys Hurricane Of 1935 __ "The 1935 Storm became a tropical storm on August 29 just to the north of Hispaniola. It tracked westward during the next four days and reached hurricane status north of Cuba on September 1. It then intensified very rapidly and turned more northward toward the Florida Keys." A brief look with links to related information. - From -

Great Fire of 1901 __ The Great Fire of 1901 in Jacksonville, Florida was one of the worst disasters in Florida history and the largest urban fire in the Southeast. It was similar in scale and destruction to the 1871 Great Chicago Fire." an encyclopedic article. - illustrated - from wikipedia -
The Great Florida Hurricane of 1928 __ "On the afternoon of September 16, 1928 after a murderous journey through the Carribean and the Bahamas a Category Four hurricane made landfall in Palm Beach, Florida and would leave in its wake nearly 2,400 people dead." An overview of the disaster. - From Robert Mykle -

Great Okeechobee Hurricane, Florida - September 16-17, 1928 __ "When the hurricane roared ashore at Palm Beach September 16, 1928, many coastal residents were prepared. But inland, along Lake Okeechobee, few conceived the disaster that was brewing." - illustrated - From -,0,2734526.story

Historic Disasters: Florida Disasters __ You will find a list of Florida disasters. Each list entry is a live link to additional information. - From -

Hotel Roosevelt fire in Jacksonville, FL __ "The Hotel Roosevelt fire, on December 29, 1963, was the worst fire Jacksonville, Florida had seen since the Great Fire of 1901, and it contributed to the worst one-day death toll in the city's history. Twenty-two people died, mostly from carbon monoxide poisoning." An encyclopedic article. - illustrated - From wikipedia -

Hurricane Katrina __ "It formed over the Bahamas on August 23, 2005, and crossed southern Florida as a moderate Category 1 hurricane, causing some deaths and flooding there, before strengthening rapidly in the Gulf of Mexico and becoming one of the strongest hurricanes on record while at sea." an encyclopedic article. - From wikipedia -

Labor Day Hurricane of 1935 __ "The Labor Day Hurricane of 1935 was the strongest tropical cyclone during the 1935 Atlantic hurricane season. The second tropical cyclone, second hurricane, and second intense hurricane of the season was the most intense Atlantic hurricane that affected the United States, and it remains the first of three Category 5 hurricanes that struck the country. " an encyclopedic article. - From wikipedia -

ValuJet Flight 592 __ "ValuJet Flight 592 was a flight that crashed on May 11, 1996 en route from Miami International Airport in Miami, Florida to Hartsfield International Airport (now known as Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport) in Atlanta, Georgia." An encyclopedic article. - From wikipedia -


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