This cyclone produced the highest sustained winds ever recorded in the United States at the time, and the barometric pressure fell to 27.61 inches as the eye passed over Miami.A storm surge of nearly 15 feet was reported in Coconut Grove.The hurricane continued northwestward across the Gulf of Mexico and approached Pensacola on September 20th.The storm nearly stalled to the south of Pensacola later that day and buffeted the central Gulf Coast with 24 hours of heavy rainfall, hurricane force winds, and storm surge.
While the history of the track and intensity is not fully known, the system reached Cuba as a tropical storm on September 3 and moved into the southeastern Gulf of Mexico on the 5th.
Damage in the United States was estimated at million.
For an interactive map of the Atlantic-Gulf Hurricane visit the NOAA Coastal Services Center.
The "Great Miami" Hurricane was first spotted as a tropical wave located 1,000 miles east of the Lesser Antilles on September 11th.
The system moved quickly westward and intensified to hurricane strength as it moved to the north of Puerto Rico on the 15th.As a result, hurricane warnings were not issued until midnight on September 18th, which gave the booming population of South Florida little notice of the impending disaster.