The Great Storm

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September 8, 1900, the deadliest hurricane to ever hit the United States made land in Galveston. A category 4 storm with 135mph winds and a 15-foot storm surge roared upon the Island and killed 6,000 – 12,000 people. This storm is why we have a seawall.  Some deaths were attributed to drowning during the storm surge.  Others died after being trapped under wreckage for days following the hurricane.  The storm ranks as the worst disaster in U.S. history in terms of loss of life.  The vast majority of the structures on the island were destroyed.

The meteorology at the time believed hurricanes didn’t hit Texas.

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The best book I’ve ever read on the Great Storm is by Erik Larson.  “Isaac’s Storm” is the story about the meteorologist in charge of forecasting Galveston weather and what lead up to this disaster.  Even if you know nothing about weather, this is a facinating tale of the place, the people and the tragedy that affects Galveston to this day.   

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2 Responses

  1. Anthony,
    The best children’s book about the storm is Dark Water Rising by Marion Hale. My father did a report for his library science class at SHSU. I read it after he finished.

  2. ”Isaac’s Storm” is a great book. Anyone who reads it will never look at Galveston the same again.

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