September 8, 1900 – Worst Natural Disaster In US History

On September 8, 1900 the Texas coast was hit by a category 4 hurricane which killed more than 10,000 people and destroyed many cities.

10 Sep 1900, Page 1 – The St Louis Republic at

11 Sep 1900, Page 1 – New-York Tribune at

The storm continued across Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ontario and Quebec.

12 Sep 1900, Page 1 – The Brooklyn Daily Eagle at

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26 Responses to September 8, 1900 – Worst Natural Disaster In US History

  1. Steve case says:

    That was a weather disaster. Sandy, Katrina and Harvey are climate disasters.

    • RAH says:

      Getting to look more and more like Irma is going to be another “climate disaster”. Joe Bastardi has a new special daily update on Irma. Can’t ever remembering doing a Sunday daily update before. But he says he wishes to keep people informed about what the latest is on Irma.

    • Donal says:

      To Steve>You made a statement, now prove it.
      If you repeat the lies and adjusted data by Political scientists, who have adjusted data to fit their narratives (like terrible voodoo scientists do), rather be a scientists to model that fit observed data. I will call you out on it.

  2. Anon says:

    If any one wants to see a GREAT documentary about the Galveston Disaster, check out Isaac’s Storm, full documentary here:

  3. gator69 says:

    There are no more natural disasters. As the grantologists have revealed unto us, climate change even causes earthquakes now…

    • arn says:

      The most funny thing is the first google result from the guardian:
      “How climate change triggers earthquakes,tsunamis and volcanos”

      considering that already wars and massimmigration is blamed on climate change(and not on a lunatic president who has dropped 100000++ bombs im the orient)
      i’m really surprised they didn”t blame climate change for trump to be president.

      These guys just need some senseless gobbledygook ,wrapped in educated words and coming out of the mouth of a scientist and progressives will believe everything they are told.

      • Thunder98 says:

        Most Weather enthusiasts are leftists too.

        • Neckbeard93 says:

          I’m not sure if that’s true. Most of the conservatives I know love to talk about the weather.

          I think that part of the reason why leftists so easily embrace CAGW is because of their ignorance of both historical weather data and how the climate system functions.

          • gator69 says:

            They embrace it because it gives them the excuse to push a one world government, and run every aspect of every hunman life on this planet, a leftist’s wet dream.

      • The warmunist Casandra takeover of the Dem party caused their candidate to lose. After Gore lost his state, hence the election, and blamed Greens and Nader, his party swallowed the green platform, carbons taxes, fuel bans, the works. The Republicans copied the libertarian energy plank and embroidered it. The two pro-energy parties together amassed way more popular votes than the Dems. There was no other significant difference between the platforms.

  4. gator69 says:

    OT – But wanted to share the loss of another piece of my youth.

    I will be grilling elk burgers tonight, and listening to Mr Becker’s great riffs as I enjoy another day on this amazing planet.

  5. Maybe a decade back one of the major Houston area papers reprinted the Galveston hurricane story. Yes the damage was shocking, but America was relatively free and the port as town were soon rebuilt. During the pogroms in Russia, 1905 to -07 a goodly number of jewish refugees came to These States by way of Galveston.

  6. griff says:

    but Harvey wasn’t just another hurricane, one which could be expected at intervals.

    why? Because of the rainfall intensity.

    this was a 1 in 1000 year flood/rain event, following 2 of the 1 in 500 year level in the recent past in Houston.

    The extreme rainfall is/was as a result of warming.

    and it will happen again before too long.

    • AndyG55 says:

      You are in FANATSY LAND yet again, griff.

      First hurricane in 12 years to hit shore, then it got blocked by WEATHER patterns

      Why do you so love parading your brainless, zero-knowledge IGNORANCE.

      Is it a DESPERATE plea for attention?

      You seem to suffer from MANIC ADD, and desperately need some mental/medical attention.

    • Rob says:

      What was that 43″ in 24 hour rainfall in Alvin back in 79? Or how about the world record of 72″ in a 24 hour period back in 66? There are numerous examples of heavy rainfall events in the 20th century. As for the flooding, I would like to see how bad the flooding would have been if that area with poor drainage wasn’t built up as a concrete jungle.

      Interesting how the “1 in 1000 year rain event” climate changers ignore all those previous events of heavy rain.

      The delusion of these cultists…these people actually overplayed their hand by trying to blame everything in the world on supposed global warming and making it easy to see through their crazy crap. If they were to dial back the crazy then they’d probably have more people believing their con. Bad for them but good for everyone else.

      I had a stomach ache last week. I guess that was because of global warming. My back hurt yesterday. That was global warming too and not the fact I was doing yard work on Saturday.

      • RAH says:

        Griff has been told all this before time and again with links to the information from experts on the subject but continues to post the exact same claim as if never informed of those facts. It’s not about facts for her/him/it. It’s all about getting people to respond to her BS. When she does that and makes the majority of the posts on a given blog post about her claims she’s satisfied no matter how foolish and uninformed she appears. That is why Anthony Watts has threatened to block her at WUWT.

    • gator69 says:

      but Harvey wasn’t just another hurricane, one which could be expected at intervals.

      You mean the longest interval in US history without a major hurricane making landfall? Ms Griff, you are a lying, genocidal POS.

    • R. Shearer says:

      In perspective, Houston has never won the Super Bowl. And how hold is the earth?

    • Andy DC says:


      How do you account for the 45″ rainfall at Yankeetown, FL from Hurricane Easy during 1950? Sometimes hurricanes stall and produce incredible rainfall totals. Has absolutely nothing to do with global warming!

  7. RAH says:

    Might consider changing the title from: September 8, 1900 – Worst Natural Disaster In US History
    To: September 8, 1900 – The Most Deadly Natural Disaster In US History.

    More concise I believe. In financial terms it is no longer the worst even if one adjusts for inflation I believe.

    For most of us life is the ultimate currency but that most certainly isn’t the way many others view these things. I can see the brainwashed challenging the current title based on financial cost of the damage alone without regard for lives lost.

  8. RAH says:

    Here is how the Insurance Industry judges such things:

    “10. Hurricane Rita
    Cost: $19 Billion
    Fatalities: 119
    Date: September 2005
    Location: East Texas and Louisiana

    Rita came less than one month after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans. Winds peaked at 175 mph over the Gulf, reaching speeds of 120 mph after making landfall in Texas and Louisiana. Researchers at the LSU AgCenter calculated that $227 million of the total loss was in forestry alone, with thousands of acres of timber wiped out at once. Authorities worked quickly to evacuate as many residents as they could, but 119 lives were lost.
    9. Hurricane Ike
    Cost: $29 Billion
    Fatalities: 112
    Date: September 2008
    Location: Galveston, Texas

    The small island of Galveston relies heavily on tourism and local oil companies to support the local economy. Before Hurricane Ike landed, 57,000 residents called Galveston home. Afterward, the population dropped to only 48,000. The official FEMA report mentioned that over 80,000 businesses were damaged or lost income because of the storm. Thousands of homes were destroyed, as well as oil platforms, tanks, and pipelines, leading to a gasoline shortage in the Southeast.
    8. Drought and Heat of 2012
    Cost: $30 Billion
    Fatalities: 123
    Date: Spring, Summer and Fall 2012
    Location: The Midwest and Texas

    2012 brought the worst dry heat disaster since the Dust Bowl. Farmers across Iowa and many other midwestern states lost entire crops and thousands of cattle, driving food prices to record highs across the country, and adding to recession woes. Many in the agricultural industry lost businesses, while others relied on credit and feared they would be unable to recover years down the line. Manish Bapna pointed out in his Forbes Magazine article that the loss of corn alone could be felt across the entire economy, affecting grocery store prices, corn-fed cattle prices, and ethanol production. 
    7. Midwest Floods
    Cost: $34 Billion
    Fatalities: 48
    Date: Summer 1993
    Location: Midwestern States
    Heavy fall rains and winter snows in 1992 saturated much of the Midwest. Then a string of summer storms pushed the Mississippi River so high that it broke the water level gauges. The levees collapsed. Farms and highways flooded. Over 20 million acres were affected, forcing 54,000 people to evacuate their homes and businesses. According to Lee W. Larson of the National Weather Service, 75 entire towns were “totally and completely under flood waters.” Only a small fraction of the residents owned a flood insurance policy.

    6. Hurricane Andrew
    Cost: $45 Billion
    Fatalities: 30
    Date: August 1992
    Location: Southern Florida and Louisiana
    Hurricane Andrew measured as a category 5 hurricane, with winds reaching 177 mph. Normally storm surge is what causes the most damage in a hurricane, but in this case, the high winds were what flattened entire neighborhoods, leading to a new strictness in the enforcement of building codes across Florida. According to CBS News, 82,000 businesses were destroyed, and 250,000 residents were left homeless. Not only did Andrew level homes and claim lives, it also killed 200 million fish, devastating the local fishing and seafood industry for years.

    5. Hurricane Sandy
    Cost: $50 Billion
    Fatalities: 159
    Date: October 2012
    Location: New Jersey and New York
    Hurricane Sandy caused water levels to rise dangerously high across the eastern seaboard, but New Jersey and New York were hit hardest. Winds from the hurricane affected homes over 1,000 miles away from the coast. Secretary Shaun Donovan, head of the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Taskforce, reported that as of August, 2013, FEMA has doled out $12 billion in federal relief loans to residents who lost homes during the storm. Only 72 of those who died were killed by the hurricane itself. The remaining 87 died of hypothermia or carbon monoxide poisoning due to a shortage of safe heating sources afterward, amid massive power outages and brutal cold. 

    4. Drought and Heat of 1980
    Cost: $56 Billion
    Fatalities: 10,000
    Date: June-September 1980
    Location: Across the U.S.
    Agriculture suffered the most from the extreme dryness and heat of 1980. Farms lost entire crops. Cattle ranchers were trying to recover from a six-year slump, but found themselves liquidating more calves than ever to save feed for their herds. Tourism and many other industries suffered as well, and NOAA estimated that 10,000 people without sufficient air conditioning or shelter lost their lives to heat stroke.
    3. Northridge Earthquake
    Cost: $65 Billion
    Fatalities: 60
    Date: January 1994
    Location: Southern California
    This 6.7 magnitude quake hit Los Angeles in the middle of a busy weekday. It toppled buildings and freeway ramps, and cracked streets full of traffic. The quake lasted around twenty seconds. It could be felt hundreds of miles from L.A., and left over 25,000 people homeless. The emergency response was the largest in U.S. history, and the economic effects lasted for years afterward. The Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management reported, “Nearly 200,000 households applied to the U.S. Small Business Administration for loans to rebuild or repair their homes. Additionally, approximately 39,000 businesses applied to the Small Business Administration for disaster loans.”
    2. Drought and Heat of 1988
    Cost: $79 Billion
    Fatalities: 7,500
    Date: Summer and Fall of 1988
    Location: Central and Eastern U.S.
    Farmers lost an average of 33% of their expected yield in 1988 due to the extreme heat and drought. Cattle ranchers had to reduce herds because of the lack of forageable grass and water. This drove up the price of meat across the nation. The dry conditions also led to a dangerous string of wildfires across the West. Yellowstone National Park experienced catastrophic forest fires. 7,500 people died of heat stroke and fire-related injuries.
    1. Hurricane Katrina
    Cost: $149 Billion
    Fatalities: 1,836
    Date: August 2005
    Location: Mississippi and Louisiana
    Katrina reached wind speeds of 174 mph, but the biggest damage was caused by the 20-30 foot storm surge, which broke levees and flooded 80% of New Orleans. Farms were destroyed. LSU AgCenter calculated that over $1 billion of the total loss was in crops, cattle, fisheries, and forestry. Towns and homes across the Gulf Coast were flooded and damaged, and thousands were forced to abandon their homes. In total, over 1,800 people died, in spite of efforts to evacuate before the storm struck.

  9. R. Shearer says:

    This ought to make you angry; 40% of NFIP claims made on 2% of properties. One $120,000 house rebuilt 16 times in the last 18 years at a cost of about a million.

    Had the 1935 Buffalo Bayou flood occurred today, the results would be about the same.

    • gator69 says:

      I am OK with helping people relocate, but not rebuild. If they wish to rebuild, then they should finance the risk on their own. I was in a 500 year flood decades ago, and when I looked for land to build my home, I chose to build on high ground. I could have built on the water, and I would have suffered flood damage several times by now.

      Risk has a purpose.

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