August 27, 1893 Hurricane Killed More Than 1,000 People

On August 27, 1893 Charleston, South Carolina was hit by the first of two major hurricanes that year. More than 1,000 people were killed in the storm surge.

30 Aug 1893, Page 1 – Decatur Daily Republican

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18 Responses to August 27, 1893 Hurricane Killed More Than 1,000 People

  1. arn says:

    These days when a hundred people get wet by a hurricane
    there would be a huge protest march and monuments would be built for the “victims” of AGW.

    Everything AGW theses days
    as everyone is a Nazi who does not talk the progressive talk of these intolerant
    “i’m so amazingly tolerant” regressive dudes.

    The reason is simple:both agendas are driven by the same people using the same playbook and they define(or believe that they have the moral high ground to do so) what is allowed and what not.
    (and they are very successfull:That”s why they were able to convince people that even the slightest kind of patriotism or conservativism is = Nazi.
    Though hundreds of conservative,patriotic Nations have existed in the history of mankind without becoming Nazis,while only ONE !! did.
    While on the other hand, ALL communist countries turned into dictatorships
    and many of them into killing machines killing more than 4 times!! than the NAZI.

    But people think it is perfectly fine to be a communist
    while just using the word national in a positive way makes you a NAZI.

    It is the 0.01% logic.
    The 0.01% co2 that are used for AGW propaganda.
    Ths 0.01% of transgender animals like the clownfish(not even a mammal )
    to justify and push the gender bullcrap.
    Selling you a massmurdering ,pedophile guy who belonged to the most evil 0.01% as prophet of peace.

    Turning the absurd into pseudo-normal.
    That’s how propaganda and brainwashing works.

  2. Tom Anderson says:

    Hi. And then there is the great Galveston hurricane of 1900. Here’s how Wikipedia summarizes it:

    “Galveston Hurricane: September 8, 1900. On September 8, a Category 4 hurricane ripped through Galveston, killing an estimated 6,000 to 8,000 people. A 15-foot storm surge flooded the city, which was then situated at less than 9 feet above sea level, and numerous homes and buildings were destroyed.”

    • R. Shearer says:

      Modern technology in the way of satellites and fossil fuel powered transportation might have eliminated loss of life nearly completely. In addition, Galveston built and impressive sea wall.

      • tonyheller says:

        Not likely. No one evacuated despite the “certain death” warnings during Ike. Galveston flooded again during the 1915 hurricane.

        • R. Shearer says:

          In addition, building codes are better today, and there is the sea wall that I mentioned. My point is that improved technology gives us more advanced warning, better information and better means to take action. People are still free to make their own decisions and mistakes. On the other hand, population is much higher today, which compounds the challenges.

          Nevertheless, it’ll be interesting to see the final damage tally on Harvey. In any case the major hurricane drought for the U.S. is over, just as we knew it eventually would be.

          Thank you for all that you do with your site. You inspired me to ride my bike more and I’ve lost about 15 lbs because of it. Cheers

  3. Andy DC says:

    I checked the Texas wind reports last night and the strongest I could find was 111 mph with gusts to 131 mph at Port Aransas. That seemed to be an oulier, as I could not find anyone else with more than a 75 mph sustained wind, with gusts slightly over 100 mph.

    Isn’t it interesting that a 111 mph sustained wind is right at the theshhold for a major hurricane? Knowing the way these people operate, was it just a coincidence that this one station barely made the threshhold, while no one else even came close?

    • Rud Istvan says:

      Loock harder. The mayor of Rockport reported the wind at the main firehouse, which survived, was up to 130.

      • Mr GrimNasty says:

        I expect he was just repeating what he had been told, that it made landfall as a Cat 4, therefore 130mph is the lower limit – if anyone actually reliably measured anything exceptional………?????

        If you watched the BBC today the whole of Texas had 135mph winds and 1.5M of rain.

        All just creating/repeating a big lie in pursuance of ‘the’ agenda.

      • Latitude says:

        I’ve been looking at every picture I can find today…including CNN and MSNBC gack……I haven’t seen anything that looks even close to a Cat 4.
        A few destroyed houses…but the news panned in on them…when you search and find the real picture…..the rest of the neighborhood looks like nothing happened.

        A lot of this area is new…since 1991 Andrew..building codes changed a lot after that….

        Still, I have not see even one picture that looks like a Cat 4….not even a 3

  4. Brian S says:

    There were people drinking and laughing on Facebook live in Rockport TX last night just before dark. I wonder how many were laughing by the morning?

  5. Rah says:

    I’m up at Findlay, OH again being loaded with cans or lids bound for Baltimore, MD.

    At 21:30 a fleetwide message came in on my qualcom saying that I-35 south is closed due to weather in the vicinity of Waco, TX. Didn’t say how far south the closure extends. Most dispatchers are idiots when it comes to communicating that kind of information. And forget any of them on the weekend crew doing the work to provide a suggested alternate route to the Laredo terminal.

  6. Steven Fraser says:


    Map at

    Shows some slowdown sections between DFW and San Antonio.

  7. Clay Marley says:

    During the 1919 Corpus Christi storm, my great grandmother was killed, along with one of her daughters, her daughter’s husband and their two children. It was a terrible day for the family, and they never talked about it much.

    Fortunately, my grandmother survived, or I wouldn’t be here.

  8. Robertv says:

    The trouble with living in a swamp: Houston floods explained

    Early settlers drained marshes to build Houston town in a muddy bog. The city stands above water, thanks mostly to 2,500 miles of managed waterways—the flying distance from Houston to Quito, Ecuador—that whisk the floods out to sea.

  9. Andy DC says:

    The 1893 season had another major hurricane that hit Louisiana and killed a couple thousand more. Plus another (CAT 1) that made a landfall at NYC and yet another one (CAT 2) that hit Alabama.

    In October, SC had yet another major hurricane!

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