This killer weather system was first detected over the tropical Atlantic on August 27.
While the history of the track and intensity is not fully known, the system reached Cuba as a tropical storm on September 3 and moved into the southeastern Gulf of Mexico on the 5th.
This cyclone produced the highest sustained winds ever recorded in the United States at the time, and the barometric pressure fell to 27.61 inches as the eye passed over Miami.
A storm surge of nearly 15 feet was reported in Coconut Grove.
A general west-northwestward motion occurred over the Gulf accompanied by rapid intensification.
The storm nearly stalled to the south of Pensacola later that day and buffeted the central Gulf Coast with 24 hours of heavy rainfall, hurricane force winds, and storm surge.
It was last spotted over the north Atlantic on September 15.
This hurricane was the deadliest weather disaster in United States history.
As a result, hurricane warnings were not issued until midnight on September 18th, which gave the booming population of South Florida little notice of the impending disaster.
The Category 4 hurricane's eye moved directly over Miami Beach and downtown Miami during the morning hours of the 18th.