In September 1938, a French naturalist in the west Saharan desert notices monstrous winds heading towards the coast and two weeks later, the same storm was thought to his off of the coast of Florida. As residents readied for the storm, Florida was spared as the hurricane moved northward approaching seaside communities along New England. Forecasters could have foreseen the coming nor'easter but instead wrote it off, thinking it to make its way out to sea. So, without warning, many villages along the northeastern shores were completely decimated and many lives were lost. "The Hurricane of '38" an incredible story in a less than compelling fashion. Even with David McCullough and testimonies from survivors of the great storm, the documentary fails to be told in a cohesive manner which makes it lose interest as it bounces around from story to story.