The Okeechobee storm, otherwise called San Felipe Segundo sea tempest, was the second deadliest tropical violent wind in the historical backdrop of the United States, behind just the 1900 Galveston typhoon. The fourth tropical twister, third typhoon, and just significant sea tempest of the 1928 season, this framework grew simply seaward the west bank of Africa on September 6. At first a tropical dejection, it fortified into a typhoon soon thereafter, in no time before passing south of the Cape Verde Islands. Further increase was moderate and ended by late on September 7. Be that as it may, around 48 hours after the fact, the tempest continued reinforcing and turned into a Category 1 tropical storm on the cutting edge Saffir–Simpson typhoon wind scale. As yet moving westbound, the framework came to Category 4 force before striking Guadeloupe on September 12. There, the tempest brought "incredible demolition" and 1,200 passings. The islands of Martinique, Montserrat, and Nevis likewise reported harm and fatalities, yet not about as extreme as in Guadeloupe.
Around early afternoon on September 13, the tempest reinforced into a Category 5 tropical storm and topped with maintained winds of 160 mph (260 km/h). Around six hours after the fact, the framework made landfall in Puerto Rico; it was the main recorded tropical twister to strike the island at Category 5 power. Extremely solid winds brought about serious harm in Puerto Rico. All through the island, 24,728 homes were wrecked and 192,444 were harmed, leaving more than 500,000 individuals destitute. Substantial precipitation additionally prompted amazing harm to vegetation and horticulture. On Puerto Rico alone, there were 312 passings and about $50 million (1928 USD) in harm. While crossing the island and developing into the Atlantic, the tempest debilitated somewhat, tumbling to Category 4 power. The tempest started crossing through the Bahamas on September 16. Because of arrangements, insignificant harm or death toll happened, with 18 fatalities reported.
From the get-go September 17, the tempest made landfall close West Palm Beach, Florida with winds of 145 mph (233 km/h). In the city, more than 1,711 homes were decimated. Somewhere else in the area, effect was severest around Lake Okeechobee. The tempest surge made water pour out of the southern edge of the lake, flooding many square miles as high as 20 feet (6.1 m) over the ground. Various houses and structures were cleared away in the urban areas of Belle Glade, Canal Point, Chosen, Pahokee, and South Bay. No less than 2,500 individuals suffocated, while harm was evaluated at $25 million. While crossing Florida, the framework debilitated essentially, tumbling to Category 1 force late on September 17. It bended north-northeastward and quickly re-rose into the Atlantic on September 18, yet soon made another landfall close Edisto Island, South Carolina with winds of 85 mph (140 km/h). Right off the bat the next day, the framework debilitated to a hurricane and got to be extratropical over North Carolina hours after the fact. In general, the framework brought on $100 million in harm and no less than 4,079 deaths.
The tropical storm moved straightforwardly over the Leeward Islands in the Caribbean Sea, reinforcing as it did as such. On the island of Dominica winds were timed at 24 mph (39 km/h); there were no reports of harms. In Martinique, considerably promote south of the tempest's way, there were three fatalities. Guadeloupe got an immediate hit from the tempest, obviously with small cautioning; the loss of life there was 1,200, and harm reports transferred through Paris designated "incredible annihilation" on the island. Around 85%–95% of banana yields were decimated, 70%–80% of tree products endured extreme harm, and 40% of the sugar stick harvest was destroyed.
Montserrat, only north of the tempest's middle, was cautioned ahead of time of the tempest yet at the same time endured £150,000 (1928 UKP) in harms and 42 passings; Plymouth and Salem were crushed and trim misfortunes created close starvation conditions before alleviation could arrive. The tempest went toward the south of the islands of St. Kitts and St. Croix, which endured substantial harms to property and trims however no reported fatalities. Nevis additionally reported three passings because of the tempest.
While the tempest was going close Dominica, the San Juan, Puerto Rico Weather Bureau cautioned about the risk of the sea tempest which would strike the island inside of a day or two. Viable readiness is credited for the generally low loss of life of 312, and not a solitary boat was lost adrift in the region of Puerto Rico. There was general annihilation through the island, with the towns where the eye passed being cleared away. Property harm on the island from winds and rain was calamitous. The upper east parcel of the island got winds in overabundance of Category 3 quality, with tropical storm power winds enduring the length of 18 hours. Official reports expressed "a few hundred thousand" individuals were left destitute, and property harms were assessed at $50 million.On the island there was no building that was not influenced. Some sugar factories ("Centrales") that had fetched a huge number of dollars to manufacture were decreased to rubble. Reports say that 24,728 homes were devastated and 192,444 were incompletely annihilated. The vast majority of the sugarcane fields were overwhelmed, destroying the year's products. Half of the espresso plants and half of the shade trees that secured these were crushed; the majority of the espresso harvest was lost. The espresso business would take years to recuperate since espresso needs shade trees to develop. The tobacco cultivates additionally had incredible misfortunes. After this storm, Puerto Rico never recovered its position as a noteworthy espresso exporter.
While the sea tempest was traveling through the Bahamas, the Weather Bureau issued storm notices from Miami to Titusville, later moving up to a typhoon cautioning from Miami to Daytona Beach.
Solid winds struck southern Florida as the tropical storm moved aground, with three informal reports of 100 mph (160 km/h). In Miami toward the south of the middle, winds came to 78 mph (126 km/h), and more remote south, Key West reported winds of just 39 mph (63 km/h). The eye at landfall was 25 miles (40 km) wide, and subsequent to moving inland crossed Lake Okeechobee, where a quiet was accounted for 30 minutes. Winds at Canal Point, adjoining the lake, were evaluated as high as 160 mph (255 km/h); the anemometer cleared out in the wake of reporting managed winds of 75 mph (120 km/h). The weight at Canal Point dropped to 942 mbar (27.82 inHg). The most reduced weight north of Lake Okeechobee was 966 mbar (28.54 inHg) in Bartow, and along the west drift, winds came to 31 mph (50 km/h) in Tampa.
The storm left a huge number of individuals were left destitute in Florida; property harm was assessed at $25 million ($345 million). It is assessed if a comparative tempest were to strike as of the year 2003, it would bring about $18.7 billion in harms. The violent wind stays one of three Atlantic sea tempests to strike the southern territory of Florida with a focal weight beneath 940 mbar (27.76 inHg), the others being the 1926 Miami tropical storm and Hurricane Andrew of 1992.
Notwithstanding the human fatalities, 1,278 domesticated animals and 47,389 poultry were murdered, separately. Rural was affected essentially, with the tempest devastating what might have been the biggest "citrus crop ever". Around 6% of oranges and 18% of grapefruit were destroyed, separately. Gathering the remaining products was postponed until mid-October because of immersed forests. Correspondences likewise endured seriously. All through the state, 32,000 family units were left without phone administration and 400 posts were broken and around 2,500 others inclining. At that point Governor of Florida John W. Martin evaluated that 35,000 families were left destitute in Palm Beach County alone. Also, around 11,500 families would should be "re-set up".