The Storm of the Century: Tragedy, Heroism, Survival, and the Epic True Story of America's Deadliest Natural Disaster: The Great Gulf Hurricane of 1900

The Storm of the Century: Tragedy, Heroism, Survival, and the Epic True Story of America's Deadliest Natural Disaster: The Great Gulf Hurricane of 1900

Al Roker


during this gripping narrative background, Al Roker from NBC’s Today and the elements Channel vividly examines the deadliest typical catastrophe in American history—a haunting and encouraging story of tragedy, heroism, and resilience that's packed with classes for today’s new age of utmost weather.

On the afternoon of September eight, 1900, two-hundred-mile-per-hour winds and fifteen-foot waves slammed into Galveston, the booming port urban on Texas’s Gulf Coast. by way of sunrise the following day, town that hours prior had stood as a logo of America’s progress and enlargement was once now long gone. Shattered, grief-stricken survivors emerged to witness a degree of destruction by no means prior to visible: 8 thousand corpses littered the streets and have been buried below the large wreckage. speeding water had lifted constructions from their foundations, smashing them into items, whereas wind gusts had upended metal girders and trestles, riding them via condo partitions and into sidewalks. No race or category used to be spared its wrath. In under twenty-four hours, a unmarried typhoon had destroyed a massive American metropolis—and woke up a country to the terrifying energy of nature.

Blending an unforgettable solid of characters, obtainable climate technological know-how, and deep historic examine right into a sweeping and dramatic narrative, The typhoon of the Century brings this mythical storm and its aftermath into clean concentration. No different average catastrophe has ever matched the havoc because of the amazing mixture of winds, rain, and flooding that devastated Galveston and stunned a tender, positive country at the cusp of modernity. Exploring the influence of the tragedy on a emerging country’s confidence—the trauma of the loss and the choice of the response—Al Roker illuminates the United States’s personality on the sunrise of the “American Century,” whereas additionally underlining the truth that irrespective of how amazing they might turn into, all international locations needs to admire the ferocious power of our traditional setting.

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