Key West, FL Hurricane, Oct 1909


Hurricane Which Struck Coast Of Florida Causes Loss Of Millions.

Great Damage Also Done at Havana and Over Island of Cuba by One of the Worst Storms Since the Disastrous Blow of 1906.

Key West, Fla. -- As a result of the hurricane which struck the southern coast of Florida on Monday, Key West is a mass of wreckage, and the damage to property is estimated at $2 000 000. Martial law was proclaimed and the Key West guards took charge of the city.

The United States Government has been asked to dispatch troops here without delay. Chaos reigned on every hand and few people remained in their homes. Hundreds of houses were totally wrecked or damaged.

One hundred vessels were in the harbor, but five remained at anchor the others having gone to sea or being washed upon the beaches. Streets along the water front are a mass of wreckage.

Brick, as well as frame buildings throughout the city suffered from the hurricane, and many miraculous escapes from death have been reported.

Almost every nationality is represented among the city a population of more than 20,000, about one-half of whom are employed in cigar manufacture, sponge fisheries and salvage companies.

Havana -- The most serious tornado since the big blow of October 17, 1906, struck Cuba early Monday, devastating the western portion of the island. In Havana many minor buildings were blown down or unroofed, five persons were killed and about twenty five were injured. The greatest damage done was in the harbor, where forty or fifty lighters, launches and small tugs were either sunk or blown ashore.

At Casa Blanca great anxiety was felt throughout the day for the safety of the Ward liner Morro Castle, from New York, and the Plant Line steamer Miami, from Key West. Both of these steamers, however, arrived safely at 5:30 Monday afternoon.

The total damage in Havana and vicinity if estimated at $1,000,000.

Carbon County Utah 1909-10-15