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Friday, September 08, 2006

The Galveston Storm

August 28 was the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina’s devastation of the Gulf Coast. September 8 marks the 106th anniversary of a Category 3 hurricane (less severe winds than Katrina) that unfortunately took more than five times as many lives and destroyed the city of Galveston, Texas.

The Galveston Storm lasted 18 hours, killed more than 5,000 people and left 8,000 homeless. The tragedy captured the imagination of the public, and in 1904 a Galveston Flood show was created at Coney Island, NY. Housed in a building at the resort, the city was recreated with model buildings. Visitors watched “the scene of horror” on a 200-square-foot stage complete with wind, waves, thunder and lightning. Check out:

Isaac’s Storm: A Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History by Erik Larson.

Divine Wind: The History and Science of Hurricanes by Kerry Emmanuel.

Path of Destruction: the Devastation of New Orleans and the Coming Age of Superstorms by John McQuaid.

In Katrina's Wake: Portraits of Loss From an Unnatural Disaster by Chris Jordan.

The Great Deluge: Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans and the Mississippi Gulf Coast by Douglas Brinkley.

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