September 8, 1900: Up To 12,000 Killed After A Hurricane And Tidal Wave Hit Galveston, Texas

To this day it has remained the deadliest natural disaster in United States history.

By Gina Tron

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On September 8, 1900, between 6,000 and 12,000 people were killed after a hurricane and tidal wave hit Galveston, Texas. The category 4 storm packed a mean punch with winds as high as 145 mph. To this day it has remained the deadliest natural disaster in United States history.

Galveston residents didn’t get any warning of the impending storm until the day before it hit landfall. When it arrived, it brought a storm surge of 15 feet. The flat island-city was only eight feet above sea level, which resulted in buildings being knocked off their foundations. More than 3,600 homes were destroyed. As a result, many investors interested in buying land in Galveston turned to Houston. The entire island of Galveston was raised by 17 feet, and a 10 mile seawall was erected as a result of the catastrophic storm.

Pictured above: Men use ropes to pull away the debris of houses in order to look for bodies in the aftermath of the hurricane. 

[Photo: Getty Images]

 

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