Irene Conjures Memories of ‘Great’ Storm of 1938 » Great Hurricane of 1938

This 1938 photo provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration/Dept. of Commerce shows the Bureau of Commercial Fisheries building on the south side of Main Street in Woods Hole, Mass., during the Hurricane of 1938. It's been nearly 73 years since the Great New England Hurricane of 1938 _ one of the most powerful, destructive storms ever to hit southern New England, as another massive storm bears down.(AP Photo/C&GS Season's Report Thomas 1938-84/National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration/Dept. of Commerce)

This 1938 photo provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration/Dept. of Commerce shows the Bureau of Commercial Fisheries building on the south side of Main Street in Woods Hole, Mass., during the Hurricane of 1938. It’s been nearly 73 years since the Great New England Hurricane of 1938 _ one of the most powerful, destructive storms ever to hit southern New England, as another massive storm bears down.(AP Photo/C&GS Season’s Report Thomas 1938-84/National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration/Dept. of Commerce)