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On this day, 86 years ago, all of New England was battered by the Great Hurricane of 1938 – the worst hurricane in New England’s history on many scores. Wind damage was severe – very unusual because most hurricanes diminish rapidly upon making landfall. Rainfall of 2 to 4 inches was not exceptional, but previous heavy rains resulted in major flooding in southern Vermont – only minor in southern New Hampshire.