The only remaining house near the beach for miles after the1900 Storm. The Great Galveston Storm of Sept. 8–9, 1900, was the worst natural disaster in U.S. history in terms of human life. Loss of life has been estimated at 6,000 to 8,000, but the exact number has never been determined.
The hurricane of 1900 hit Galveston, Texas with a fury. It was referred to as the "Great Storm". Winds exceeded 135 mph and in today's standards, it would be classified as a Category 4 storm. Hurricanes had not yet been named. Between 6,000 - 8,000 people were killed and 10,000 left homeless. It is still believed to be the deadliest storm in U.S. history.
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