Facts and Figures

Remembering the 1900 Storm ...

On September 8, 1900, a hurricane struck Galveston. Winds estimated at 140 mph swept over the island, leaving devastation in their wake. After the storm surge of 15.7 feet subsided, Galvestonians left their shelters to find 6,000 of the city's 37,000 residents dead and more than 3,600 buildings totally destroyed.

The 1900 Storm is still considered to be the deadliest natural disaster in U.S. history. After the storm, Galveston constructed a seawall and raised the grade of the island to protect it from future hurricanes.

Facts about the 1900 Storm:

8.7 feet: The highest elevation on Galveston Island in 1900.

15.7 feet: The height of the storm surge.

28.55 inches: Barometric pressure recorded in Galveston, 30 miles from where the eye of the storm is best estimated. At the time, this was the lowest barometric pressure ever recorded.

6,000 to 8,000: Number of people estimated to have died during the storm.

37,000 people: Population of Galveston in 1900.

3,600: Number of buildings destroyed by the storm.

130 to 140 miles per hour: Speed meteorologists estimate the winds reached during the storm.

$20 million: Estimated damage costs related to the storm. In today's dollars, that would be more than $700 million.



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