Talk:1941 Florida hurricane

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Death Toll[edit]

The article currently states the total death toll as 9, but the St. Petersburg Times of October 9, 1941 puts the total death toll at 10, citing 6 deaths in Florida (at present the article only counts five). [1] Who should we go with? Cool3 (talk) 00:11, 29 May 2009 (UTC)

The same claim is repeated in other sources, such as [2]. Cool3 (talk) 00:14, 29 May 2009 (UTC)
I'd go with the higher number, personally, since the Monthly Weather Review tends to be out-of-date. –Juliancolton | Talk 00:17, 29 May 2009 (UTC)

Now that I've discovered [3], it seems that the death toll is 15. The five additional deaths reported here are not duplicates of any of the others and were reported after the publication of most of the other materials cited. Unfortunately, I can find no source that actually gives a figure of 15 deaths. Thus, it may be a bit of synthesis to actually put this together. Of course, I don't really think that SYNTH was meant to prevent addition. There is, though, the additional problem that these additional five deaths can hardly be called a "confirmed report." The story about the 5 drowning deaths ran in several papers, but all of them clearly attributed it as a claim by the rescued Cuban seaman; no one else substantiated the claim. How then should we handle this? Is it appropriate to update the death toll to 15 or should we just keep the figure at 10 and include a footnote, noting the possibility of 5 later storm deaths? Cool3 (talk) 20:50, 8 June 2009 (UTC)

Possible fate of the fishermen[edit]

Please see this story from the St. Petersburg Times on October 13, 1941. Perhaps the 34 Cuban fishermen mentioned are the same as the 20 fishermen previously reported missing? Also, unless this refers to another hurricane (which seems quite unlikely), the death toll seems to have jumped given the report that "one white man and four negroes caught in a small boat nearby were drowned." Any one know what to make of this? Cool3 (talk) 16:20, 8 June 2009 (UTC)

Hmm, it's definitely the same storm, but I'm not sure what to make of those 34 fishermen. I'd assume they're the same as the 20 missing fishermen reported in The Albuquerque Journal. I'll look into this. –Juliancolton | Talk 16:48, 8 June 2009 (UTC)
Actually, on second thought, it seems the 34 Cuban fishermen were stranded rather than missing. –Juliancolton | Talk 16:49, 8 June 2009 (UTC)
Yes, I think you're right; probably not the same and it would be original research to say they were. Cool3 (talk) 16:51, 8 June 2009 (UTC)

Continuing review[edit]

Finishing my review, which was cut off by the FAC's closure due to promotion:

  • "In Miami, stores sold out of various essentials including bread and butter as people prepared for the storm." I'd use commas or em dashes to set off the clause "including bread and butter".
  • "Evacuations were recommended from Homestead to Key West," Recommended by whom?
  • "flights in and out of Miami and redirected" "in and out" is a bit loose, how about "flights departing from and arriving at Miami and redirected"
  • "the storm produced 1.62 inches (41 mm)" Different levels of precision. Make them the same.
  • I'm not quite sure how to fix this; is there some kind of parameter for the {{convert}} template that would do so? –Juliancolton | Talk 15:01, 10 June 2009 (UTC)
  • "throughout southeastern Florida, except for the Florida Keys" Comma after here.

Otherwise, looks good. Congrats! Dabomb87 (talk) 14:50, 10 June 2009 (UTC)

Dead link 2[edit]

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Goodwill II (schooner)[edit]

The fact that the schooner Goodwill II sank due to the hurricane is apparently referenced to ref #2, but that ref does not support the claim! Can someone find a ref for that fact please? Mjroots (talk) 17:58, 3 October 2011 (UTC)