Galveston; the horrors of a stricken city

9780217218382: Galveston; the horrors of a stricken city

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1900 Excerpt: ... CHAPTER III. THE STORM IN THE STRICKEN CITY. The first heard of the storm that overwhelmed the city of Galveston was in the central south of the island of San Domingo, and it was ten days reaching Oklahomo. The weather bureau says, accompanying the official weather map of the hurricane north, that it would have struck the Carolina coast and passed north if it had not been for a "low" area over Ohio, including the part of West Virginia next Ohio, and the southwest corner of Pennsylvania. In other and official terms, "this storm was a deviation from the normal which would have curved backward." If it had not been for the "deviation from the normal," owing to the Ohio depression, Galveston would have escaped. The disturbance, first detected September 1, struck Galveston September 8, and was another week in disappearing, showing in its course over the Great Lakes to St. Johns destructive energy. However, there are differences of opinion about the origin of the storm. Dr. J. H. Fry, an observer of the weather for fifteen years, has a theory that the storm which visited Galveston originated in the vicinity of Port Eads, and was not the hurricane which was reported on the Florida coast. On that day a storm was reported moving in a westerly direction from Key West. It moved up the Atlantic coast. The Mallory steamer Comal ran into it, and reported a great number of wrecks. The supposition that this was the same storm that reached Galveston by doubling back on its tracks, he thinks, is a mistake. The first knowledge of the Galveston storm was the report of a wind velocity of forty-eight miles an hour at Port Eads on Saturday evening, September 8, and the full fury was not expended at Galveston until the next day. High winds were also reported at Pass Christian. The ...

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