|Category 4 major hurricane (SSHWS/NWS)|
|Formed||September 1, 1821|
|Dissipated||September 4, 1821|
|Highest winds|| 1-minute sustained:135 mph (215 km/h)|
|Lowest pressure|| < 995 mbar (hPa); 29.38 inHg |
(≤965 mbar estimated )
|Damage||$200,000 (1821 USD)|
|Areas affected||North Carolina, Mid-Atlantic States, New England|
|Part of the 1821 Atlantic hurricane season|
The 1821 Norfolk and Long Island Hurricane was one of four known tropical cyclones that have made landfall in New York City. Another, even more intense hurricane in pre-Columbian times (sometime between 1278 and 1438) left evidence that was detected in southern New Jersey by paleotempestological research.The third was the 1893 New York hurricane, and the fourth was Hurricane Irene in 2011.
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