Several families documented the destruction wrought by the Hurricane of '38 with their home movie cameras. American Experience acquired home movies from three families.
The material damage of the storm has been calculated to be $4.7 billion in 2001 dollars. Six hundred and eighty lives were lost in the destruction and rising waters.
The Great Colonial Hurricane in 1963 to Hurricane Ike's landfall in Galveston, Texas, in 2008.
Helen Joy Lee, daughter of the founder of the Packard Motor Car Company, summered at Watch Hill, Rhode Island for a number of years.