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Last Island hurricane of 1856


The Last Island hurricane was first observed on August 8, 1856, when it had already reached hurricane-force winds. It continued to strengthen until making landfall near New Iberia, Louisiana on August 10. While on this track, the eye of the storm passed directly over the barrier island of Last Island (known officially as Isle Dernière). The storm devastated Isle Dernière, splitting it in two, and killing at least 198 people. The storm continued northwards, leaving behind heavy rains and additional damage across southern Louisiana, and dissipated by August 12.

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Hurricanes -- Gulf States.
Hurricanes -- Louisiana.
Hurricanes -- Louisiana -- Isles Dernieres.
Isles Dernieres (La.) -- History -- 19th century.
Last Island (La.) -- Storm.
Louisiana -- Hurricanes.

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