Friday, September 08, 2006

September Wind

Last week we remembered Hurricane Katrina and next week we'll commemorate the 9/11 terrorist attack, but 106 years ago today the greatest natural disaster in US history (according to American Heritage magazine) occurred: The Great Galveston Hurricane.

8000 people died -- 4 times as many as in Katrina -- when this monster storm slammed into the Gulf Coast with no satellite imagry or doppler radar to warn us. Building codes were rudimentary at best and the entire city of Galveston was leveled.

2 comments:

Marie said...

And the federal government didn't step in afterwards with disaster relief. And no one blamed them!

P J Easterbrook said...

True, yet they were up an self-sufficient in 6 months!