Archive for May 26th, 2012

Beryl’s heading our way. Warnings up from north Florida through South Carolina. It looks like it’ll make landfall closer to Florida. Let’s hope it doesn’t cause much damage, but does bring us some of the rain we really need down here.

At this rate, the start of hurricane season is going to get moved back to mid-May. Where’s an ice age when you need it?

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Hurricane of 1928 African American Mass Burial Site is in West Palm Beach, in the southeastern part of the state.

Hurricanes have not always been named. It wasn’t until 1950 that ones in the Atlantic were named. One of the most notable unnamed hurricanes in Florida’s history was the 1928 Okeechobee hurricane. It struck the state in mid-September, crossing over Lake Okeechobee and affecting most of central Florida. The dike surrounded the lake was breached, causing much flooding. The bodies of over 600 black people were moved to West Palm Beach and buried in a mass grave. The effects of the hurricane in the area were the inspiration for Zora Neale Hurston‘s Their Eyes Were Watching God.

The site is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. See more photos here.

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