Hurricane Donna hit the states in 1960 (specifically, every state on the East Coast), and she still holds the record for retaining major hurricane status (Category 3 or greater) in the Atlantic Basin for the longest period of time. She kept going strong for nine days, starting on September 9th, but was around for seventeen days total (even briefly becoming a Category 5). According to the Queens Chronicle, "Donna created an 11 foot storm surge in New York Harbor that caused extensive pier damage." She also "devastated the Rockaway Peninsula that eventually led to the construction of the bay wall on Beach Channel Drive." Here's some amazing footage of locals in Rockaway making the best of the situation: