"In reality, there was no island, just the ocean with houses standing out of the waves which rolled between them." That’s what U.S. Weather Service meteorologist Isaac Cline wrote in his memoirs about fallout from the Category 4 hurricane that obliterated the island of Galveston, Texas, on September 8, 1900. Estimated death range between 6,000 and 12,000. That’s a tragedy, no doubt, but given the storm surge (16 feet) and that the highest point on the island was only nine feet, it’s a miracle more of the island’s 40,000 inhabitants didn’t perish. Property damage was estimated at $30 million.
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