“The Storm” Hits South Florida, Leaving Many Hurt
During the 1920s, Jackson was considered to be out in the country, far from the city center. However, in times of crisis, people found it. One of those times would be when “The Storm,” as the Great Miami Hurricane of 1926 was known, devastated South Florida from Miami to the Florida Keys. According to reports, more than 372 were killed across the state, with hundreds injured. A third of the county’s population, 43,000, was left homeless. A wall of water, estimated to measure 14 to 15 feet high, swept into Coconut Grove.
Roofs and windows of Miami City Hospital were blown away by the storm, which left standing water throughout the facility. Still, the dying and injured came – many by horse-drawn wagon, others by cars, trucks, and ambulances. Beds were filled, and by 8 p.m., the halls were jammed with patients on cots. With no electricity, surgeons performed amputations illuminated by kerosene lanterns while standing in several feet of water. The medical staff cared for more than 700 of the seriously injured in the main hospital and a temporary hospital in the McAllister Hotel in Downtown Miami. Relief stations were also set up by staff in the hardest hit areas.
Sep. 2013 Miracle Stories
Boating Accident Nearly Paralyses Young Woman. Link opens story page.
In September 2013, Danielle Press suffered life-threatening injuries in a boating accident off the coast of Key Biscayne – the very place where her father is police chief.Explore in story page.
Sep. 2016 Jackson History
World’s Smallest Pacemaker Saves Life. Link opens story page.
For Felipe Finale, gardening in his Hialeah backyard has always been his greatest pleasure. But in early 2016, doing any physical task became increasingly difficult.Explore in story page.
Aug. 1992 Miracle Stories
Ryder Trauma Center Opens Weeks before Hurricane Andrew Hits South Florida. Link opens story page.
Thanks to charitable donation by the Ryder System Charitable Foundation, Jackson’s Ryder Trauma Center opened its doors on August 1992 – weeks before Hurricane Andrew devastated South Miami-Dade County.Explore in story page.