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A late season hurricane smashes islands in the Lesser Antilles and then kills hundreds in Puerto Rico.

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10/28/1867 to 10/29/1867

A late season Caribbean hurricane, an estimated Category 3 in modern terms, passed over the Virgin Islands and then smashed into Puerto Rico.  The impact was particularly heavy on October 28, 1867 in the harbor of Saint Thomas in the Dutch East Indies and on the British island of Tortola, places where buildings were flattened and hundreds of passengers and crew of ships caught in the storm were drowned.  The hurricane moved on the next day to eastern Puerto Rico and killed another estimated 200 people.  (By John Osborne)

Source Citation: 

"Chronicle of Remarkable Occurences in 1867", The Annual Register or a View of the History and Politics of the Year 1867 (London: F. & J. Rivington, 1868), 147-151.