Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Trouble beyond the horizon

This appeared in the Sept. 7, 1900, edition of the Houston Daily Post.

On Sept. 6, Isaac Cline, the Weather Service official in charge at Galveston, wrote that he had seen scattered clouds and northerly winds that day. Nothing too out of the ordinary.

That afternoon, he received a note from Washington, D.C., saying the tropical storm was over southern Florida. He figured it would head out toward the Atlantic.

Life continued on the island. Trouble -- was just beyond the horizon.

Plenty has been written about the Galveston storm of 1900. The information provided above came from Erik Larson's excellent book, "Isaac's Storm."

In the coming days, I'll post how the storm affected Houston and how local residents managed in its aftermath.



At 4:10 PM, Blogger Rorschach said...

Jason, there is a lesson to be learned here if only NOLA would listen....


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