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Galveston Storm of 1900: America’s Deadliest — and Most Forgotten — Tragedy

115 years ago today, the Galveston Storm of 1900 hit, killing thousands and all but obliterating the city of Galveston. By today’s standards, the storm would’ve been a Category 4 hurricane, with estimated winds of 145 miles per hour at landfall. It was the deadliest natural disaster in U.S. history, with estimates of anywhere from […]

115 years ago today, the Galveston Storm of 1900 hit, killing thousands and all but obliterating the city of Galveston.

By today’s standards, the storm would’ve been a Category 4 hurricane, with estimated winds of 145 miles per hour at landfall. It was the deadliest natural disaster in U.S. history, with estimates of anywhere from 6,000 to 12,000 people killed.

We discuss the storm and its legacy with Dwayne Jones, Secretary of the Galveston Historical Foundation.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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