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The Deadliest Natural Disaster in U.S. History

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»The Great Galveston Hurricane

The Deadliest Natural Disaster in U.S. History

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Despite gale force winds and over a foot of water flooding the streets, the businessmen of Galveston, Texas, gathered for a lively bite at Ritter's Saloon and Cafe. It did not end well.

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It hit the city at 145 MPH, with 15 foot-high waves. So why was there no evacuation call? This is the story of the deadliest natural disaster in American history, the great Galveston Hurricane of 1900, and how weather bureau chief Isaac Cline's overconfidence in the city's safety would prove tragic. Relive the build-up, the impact, and the aftermath of this massive Category 4 hurricane. Then see how the lessons learned from that catastrophe helped Galveston properly prepare for Hurricane Ike 108 years later.

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