The Storm of ‘28

Through December 31, 2021

On September 16, 1928, a storm equal to a Category 4 hurricane struck Palm Beach County from Boca Raton to Jupiter. At least 3,000 people died, most of them in the Glades, becoming the second worst natural disaster in US history in terms of lives lost. The Storm of ’28 shows how Palm Beach County was affected from Jupiter to Boca Raton and what was done to prevent a recurrence of such great loss.

This is an outdoor exhibit at the entrance of the 1916 Historic Courthouse, downtown West Palm Beach.

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2 Responses

  1. The 1928 hurricane was the defining event of my mother’s life.She and her younger sister, ages 14 and 10, became separated from their parents and were outside in the storm for over an hour, traveling on foot to their designated meeting place. It’s a harrowing story of survival that she told and wrote many times. Due to Covid 19, I won’t be able to attend the exhibit, but how I wish I could. Thank you for keeping this memory alive.

    1. Thank you for sharing your personal story Ruth. This storm impacted everyone that led in South Florida at the time and there are many people, like yourself, who still have memories and stories of this storm.

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