Natural Disaster Survey Report: The Halloween Nor'easter of 1991, East Coast of the United States...Maine to Florida and Puerto Rico, October 28 to November 1, 1991 [open pdf - 9MB]
"Beginning on October 28 and lasting until November 1, 1991, a succession of meteorological events combined over the northwest Atlantic Ocean resulting in a series of extraordinary ocean waves and swells. Driven and maintained by persistent, near-hurricane force winds, these waves and swells spread to the south and southwest before crashing onto the North American coast and the northern shores of the islands of the western Atlantic. [...] During the course of its investigation, the NOAA [National Oceanic and Atmosperic Administration] Disaster Survey Team (DST) traveled along the East Coast from North Carolina to Maine. Overall, the team found that the system established to develop and disseminate coastal flood watches, warnings, and statements worked well."
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