While we may have dodged Hurricane Earl (which has now been downgraded to a Category 1), here's a look at what could have been! These photos are all from LIFE magazine, taken during 1960's Hurricane Donna (which was a Category 3).

According to Live Science, Donna created an 11-foot storm tide in the New York Harbor that caused extensive pier damage and forced 300 families to evacuate Long Island. Still, not as bad as in 1893 when a category 1 hurricane destroyed Hog Island off the Rockaways!