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The Big One: Remembering the Hurricane of 1938


The Big One, Part 1: "It Blindsided Us"

By Karin Crompton and Peter Huoppi

On a beautiful September day in 1938, a hurricane takes Connecticut residents completely by surprise.


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On September 21, 1938, a hurricane slammed into Connecticut and Rhode Island, taking the population completely by surprise. Seventy years later, survivors of the storm shared their memories with The Day.

The Big One, Part 2: "Here It Comes"

By Karin Crompton and Peter Huoppi

At home, in the classroom, or walking home from school, people take shelter wherever they are.

The Big One, Part 3: "We've Got To Go"

By Karin Crompton and Peter Huoppi

As the hurricane strikes, those unfortunate enough to be caught inside cars or more vulnerable...

The Big One, Part 4: "A Moaning, Howling Sound"

By Karin Crompton and Peter Huoppi

Survivors describe what they saw and heard as the storm passed over them.


The Big One, Part 5: "New London Has Burned to the Ground"

By Karin Crompton and Peter Huoppi

Residents emerge to find flooded streets, toppled trees, and fire ravaging New London.

The Big One, Part 6: "Sobbing With Relief"

By Karin Crompton and Peter Huoppi

Survivors are reunited with their loved ones.

The Big One, Part 7: "You Never Forget"

By Karin Crompton and Peter Huoppi

Some were terrified, others were too young to be afraid, but all who remember count the hurricane...


The Big One: Credits

By Karin Crompton and Peter Huoppi