Dramatic Photos: A Century of Hurricanes

Here's a look at some of the most powerful hurricanes and tropical storms ever to crash into the East Coast.

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CAPE MAY, 1821: Often called the Cape May Hurricane, this Category 4 storm brought winds of 200 mph to New Jersey and was felt as far west as Philadelphia. The hurricane blasted New York passing directly over the city and raising tides so high the East and Hudson rivers actually converged. Click to see more historic East Coast hurricane scenes.
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LONG ISLAND EXPRESS, 1938: Waves crash into a seawall during the "Long Island Express" hurricane of 1938, which hit the New York City region and caused extreme damage on parts of Long Island and New England.
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CAROL, 1954: Carol, the first named Hurricane to impact the northeast brought 125-mph winds to Eastern Long Island and Southeastern Connecticut, making it one of the worst storms to ever hit New England.
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CAROL, 1954: Hurricane Carol developed from a tropical wave near the Bahamas on August 25, 1954 and caused damage all along the Northeast corridor.
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EDNA, 1954: This was the scene on one of the runways at La Guardia field as the fringe of Hurricane Edna hit New York City on Sept. 11, 1954.
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DIANE, 1955: Motorists take it easy through this underpass at Queens Blvd., and Horace Harding Blvd in New York City, Hurrican Diane was the first "billion-dollar hurricane."
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AGNES, 1972: This June 23, 1972 photo shows senior citizens rescued from their homes by boats as a business in background catches fire after Hurricane Agnes made the Susquehanna River overflow its banks.
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GLORIA, 1985: A tree lies in the middle of New York's Fifth Avenue near 94th Street after Hurricane Gloria passed through the city. Dubbed at one point "the Storm of the Century" and originating off the African coast on Sept. 15, 1985, it built into a category 4 near the Bahamas.
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GLORIA, 1985: Pedestrians carry umbrella as they walk outside Grand Central Terminal as Hurricane Gloria headed toward the city, Sept. 27, 1985.
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BOB, 1991: Wet clothes hang from every tent at the National Boy Scout Jamboree as the scouts try to dry out from a deluge of rain from Hurricane Bob. The hurricane struck late in the season and was only a Category 2 when it hit New England.
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FLOYD, 1999: The cargo ship Anne is lodged against the beach were it ran aground on Saunders Beach in Nassau, Bahamas, Residents and tourists ventured into debris-strewn streets after Hurricane Floyd clobbered the Bahamas and Eastern United States.
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