1900 Hurricane Research Paper

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Throughout the years a lot of catastrophes happens around the world causing death and destruction. On September 8, 1900 in Galveston, Texas, a category 4 hurricane hit (Hurricane Galveston, nicknamed the “Oleander City”). As a result of the damaging winds and major flooding, many people to lost their lives. The 38,000 residents of Galveston were unaware of the disastrous hurricane coming there way. It was extremely horrible that it took more than 8,000 of their fellow citizens. At the time of the 1900 hurricane, Galveston, was filled with people on vacation and tourists from all over the world. Weather prediction technology didn’t exist at the time. A 15-foot storm surge flooded the city, which was then placed at less than 9 feet above sea level, and various homes and buildings were demolished. With winds at high speeds and fifteen foot floods, together had destroyed everything and anything in …show more content…
Bodies were scattered throughout the island, they were seen lying on the surface of the harbor or discovered in the salt cedar trees by the shore. (What a horrific sight that may have been.) The loss of life of the 1900 hurricane has never been accurately accounted for, but the numbers range somewhere around 6,000 and 12,000. With regards to the death toll, this has been established to be the worst hurricane in the America. The cost of damage the was made to the island, ranges from “$17 to $30 million, or in current terms, $827,094,622”. The tropical storm wrecked 4,000, or 66%, of the city's structures, homes, workplaces, and places of worship. Not even one building sustained its structure, they were all ruined by this horrific storm. One side of the three-story Bath Avenue School was damaged so bad that it was torn away, uncovering a hanging third story with work areas still darted to the

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