|Category 5 major hurricane (SSHWS/NWS)|
|Formed||October 7, 1956|
|Dissipated||October 31, 1956|
1-minute sustained: |
190 mph (305 km/h)
|Lowest pressure||869 mbar (hPa); 25.66 inHg|
|Areas affected||The Entire Northeast Coast, Canada, South Carolina|
|Part of the 1956 Atlantic hurricane season|
The Super New England Hurricane, or Hurricane East (it's original name was Kate), is the strongest and most dangerous hurricane to hit New York. It attacked with winds between 175-180 mph after intensifying from the remnants of Hurricane Lane.
The hurricane started as a depression near the Cape Verde Islands. It intensified gradually while turning WNW to the east coast. It further intensified into a tropical storm. With moderate winds of 50 mph, the storm slowly slid the Virgin Islands, and curved NW. It intensified rapidly near the South Carolina coast into a strong Category 3 hurricane. It briefly made landfall on the coast (not certain where it hit but it hit) with 126.3 mph winds. It was announced a Category 4 after entering the ocean again. Former Hurricane Lane, came near the storm. It came so close that it was absorbed by Hurricane East. East then continued to intensify and became a Category 5 hurricane. The hurricane busted through New Jersey, with winds reported to be 175-170 mph and gusts reached 201.5-202 mph. It pounded New York with intensified winds of 185-190 mph winds. The gusts broke the gauge at 225 mph. The entire state was destroyed. East then moved into Canada and became a extratropical storm with winds of 156.5-157 mph winds. It died out near Alaska.