On Saturday, September 8, 1900, a hurricane of almost unimaginable force smashed into the Texas coast at Galveston. Winds reached as high as 120 miles per hour. The storm surge inundated the city and the county to a depth of 15 feet, and the great amount of debris in the water acted as a battering ram against the city and the county as the waves rose and fell. Two-thirds of the buildings were destroyed, and between 6000 and 8000 people killed in Galveston County. It was the worst natural disaster in United States history. Scenes of unbelievable horror and suffering followed for weeks after the disaster.
We will never forget the lessons of the 1900 storm. Be prepared, have a plan and for more information on Hurricane and disaster preparedness visit www.gcoem.org.
Telegraph from J.H.W. Stele to Gov. Sayers
Sept 11, 1900
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