Katharine Hepburn nearly died in the 1938 Long Island Express Hurricane. 95% of her personal belongings were either lost or destroyed, including her 1932 Oscar, which was later found.
Looking back, we saw the house slowly turn around, sail off to the northeast and start down the brook which fed the swamp-lagoon. It just sailed away-easy as pie-and soon there was nothing at all left on the spot where the house had stood for over sixty years. Our house-ours for twenty-five years-all our possessions-just gone.