26 FIRST NEWS OF THE GREAT CALAMITY.
morning of September Ist, evidently about two hundred miles south
of Santo Domingo City.
It had reached a point somewhere to the southwest, and not
very far from Jamaica, by September 2d. The morning of September
3d found it about 175 miles south of the middle of Cuba.
It had moved northwestward to latitude 21 degrees and longitude
8I degrees by September 4th. Up to this time the storm had not
developed any destructive force but had caused heavy rains, particularly
at Santiago, Cuba, where 12.58 inches of rain fell in
OMINOUS PROGRESS OF THE STORM.
On the morning of the fifth, the storm centre had passed over
Cuba and had become central betweenHavana and Key West. High
winds occurred over Cuba during the night of the fourth. By
the morning of the sixth the storm centre was a short distance
northwest of Key West, Fla., and the high winds had commenced
over Southern Florida, forty-eight miles an hour from the east
being reported from Jupiter, and forty miles from the N. E. from
Key West. At this time it became a question as to whether the
would recurve and pass up along the Atlantic coast, a most
natural presumption judging from the barometric conditions over
the eastern portion of the United States, or whether it would continue
northwesterly over the Gulf of Mexico.
Advisory messages were sent as early as September Ist to
Key West and the Bahama Islands, giving warning of the
approach of the storm and advising caution to all shipping. The
warnings were supplemented by others on the second, third,
and fourth, giving more detailed information, and were gradually
extended along the Gulf coast as far as Galveston and the Atlantic
coast to Norfolk.
On the afternoon of the fourth the first storm warnings were
issued to all ports in Florida from Cedar Keys to Jupiter. On the
fifth they were extended to Hatteras, and advisory messages issued
along the coast as far as Boston. Hurricane warnings were also
ordered displayed on the night of the fifth from Cedar Keys to
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