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A Galveston, Texas, forecaster had dismissed as absurd the notion that a hurricane could devastate the island city. Then along came the storm that would turn into the deadliest natural disaster in U.S. history. The forecaster, Isaac Cline, later described the storm's aftermath as "one of the most horrible sights that ever a civilized people looked upon."

A century later, we revisit the day the sea rose up and swallowed what was then one of the richest cities in America.


Chat series

Read the transcripts from our Galveston Storm Chat Series:

Author Erik Larson

CNN's Miami Bureau Chief John Zarrella


graphic Chat series
graphic Video archive
graphic Hurricane that wrecked Galveston was deadliest in U.S. history
graphic Nuns remember sisters, orphans who died in hurricane
graphic 'Isaac's Storm' a cautionary tale for the new century
graphic Excerpt: 'Isaac's Storm: A Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History'

graphic graphicHistoric photo gallery
graphicThe city today photo gallery
graphicMap -- Hurricane path
graphicMap of Galveston
graphicDeadly U.S. hurricanes 1970-1999
graphicHurricane scale
graphicHurricane terms


graphic The 1900 Storm from the Galveston County Daily News
graphic Tales of the storm from the National Weather Service
graphic Galveston Historical Foundation
graphic Rosenberg Library: Galveston & Texas History Center