Galveston County

Office of Emergency Management

114 years ago the 1900 Storm made landfall in Galveston County...

Image of Thunderous Lightning with the words: Galveston Storm of 1900

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

Telegraph from J.H.W. Stele to Gov. Sayers

Sept 11, 1900

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Image of a western union telegraph to Gov. Sayers from J.H.W. Stele -sent on Sept 11, 1900 practically begging for supplies.