Photograph depicting hurricane damage caused by the storm in 1900. Online courtesy Wikimedia Commons.
Sunday, September 9th, 1900, revealed
one of the most horrible sights that
ever a civilized people looked upon.
A storm that began in late August near the Cape Verde Islands, off Africa’s west coast, had reached Cuba by September 5th. In the days of primitive weather instruments, meteorologists on the island had developed an amazing ability to forecast major storms. They predicted this tropical storm would intensify when it left Cuba.
Those Cuban forecasters believed something else. They were sure the storm would continue on its westward path, toward Texas.
Those early forecasters were right. Due to the arrogance of some folks in the U.S. Weather Bureau, however, people in the direct path of the "Great Storm of 1900" didn’t know their lives and property were in grave danger.
It remains the worst natural disaster in U.S. history.
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