Nassau Hurricane of 1926
The 1926 storm was described by the U.S. Weather Bureau in Miami as "probably the most destructive hurricane ever to strike the United States." It hit Fort Lauderdale, Dania, Hollywood, Hallandale and Miami.
The death toll is estimated to be from 325 to perhaps as many as 800. No storm in previous history had done as much property damage.
The Nassau Hurricane of 1926, also known as the Bahamas-Florida Hurricane of July 1926 and Hurricane San Liborio, was a destructive Category 4 hurricane that affected the Bahamas at peak intensity. Although it weakened considerably before its Florida landfall, it was reported as one of the most severe storms to affect Nassau in the Bahamas in several years until the 1928 Okeechobee Hurricane, which occurred just two years later. The storm also delivered flooding rains and loss of crops to the southeastern United States and Florida.
The hurricane which the Bahamas has just experienced is more fearful and devastating than any most people can remember. Nassau is ravaged; from every district come stories of ruin and havoc, and the tale is not yet fully told, for there are the reports from the out islands still to come.
The radio messages on Friday and Saturday morning found most people optimistic. Saturday afternoon brought more serious news. The indication was that the storm was headed straight for these islands; still people talked of sudden curves to the gulf. There seemed nothing abnormal in the weather, only fresh breezes and the glass was steady.