Disaster Porn: Vintage Photographs of Storm Damage

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With Hurricane Irene engulfing New York City this weekend, we’ve been wondering whether this storm will be one for the ages or just another errant weather pattern. Honestly, the safety of our windows and potted plants aside, we’re hoping it’s the former, just so years down the line we can say we were there when great old Irene reared her ugly head and the sky turned green. Whether the weekend will go down in history or not, however, we were inspired to check out some vintage photography of major storm damage of ages past. Click through for some serious disaster porn, and get ready to make some memories of your own.

After the Mississippi River Flood in 1927 [via]

After the Mississippi River Flood in 1927 [via]

After the Mississippi River Flood in 1927 [via]

After the Mississippi River Flood in 1927 [via]

Cincinnati, OH after flood in 1933 [via]

Patriot, IN after flood in 1913 [via]

Harvey Cedars, NJ after hurricane in 1962 [via]

Minnesota, after tornado in 1920s [via]

New Castle, IN after tornado in 1917 [via]

Florida, after hurricane in 1896 [via]

Asbury Park, NJ after hurricane in 1944 [via]

Dayton, OH after flood in 1913 [via]

St. Louis after tornado in 1927 [via]

Miami, after hurricane in 1926 [via]

Keene, NH, after hurricane and flood in 1938 [via]

Galveston, TX after hurricane in 1900 [via]

Lock Haven after flood in 1889 [via]

New Jersey after flood in the 1960s [via]

Waterbury, CT after flood in 1875 [via]

Waterbury, CT after flood in 1875 [via]

Knight’s Chapel, FL after hurricane in 1926 [via]

Keene, NH after hurricane and flood in 1938 [via]

Marathon, FL after hurricane in 1909 [via]

Belchertown, CT after hurricane in 1938 [via]

Springfield, CT after hurricane in 1938 [via]