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A powerful hurricane devastates the island of Puerto Rico, killing hundreds.

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10/29/1867

On the saint's day of San Narcisco, a massive hurricane struck the island of Puerto Rico.  Coming ashore with 120 mile per hour winds near Caguas and was accompanied by a fifteen foot storm surge that devastated the harbor of San Juan and caused massive flooding over wide areas.  An estimated one thousand to twelve hundred people lost their lives and the storm remains one of the most deadly in Puerto Rican history. The hurricane blew across the island and soon hit the Virgin Islands which suffered further devastation and death over the following hours.  (By John Osborne). 

Source Citation: 

David Longshore, Encyclopedia of Hurricanes, Typhoons, and Cyclones, New Edition (New York: Facts on File, Inc., 2008), 355. 

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