The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 61, July 1957 - April, 1958 Page: 495
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The Galveston Storm of zgoo
SPECIAL TO THE NEWS
New Orleans, La., Sept. 8, 12:45 A.M.-A terrific storm is now raging
on the Louisiana and Mississippi gulf coast. Great damage has been
done to shipping, but owing to the prostration of the wires, no details
That was all. There were other weather stories scattered
throughout the Saturday edition-in those unhurried days the
News editor could be pretty certain that his readers would even-
tually notice all the items-but the other weather stories were of
even less prominence than the one on page three.
On page two was an earlier storm story, weakly headlined
"Storm on Florida Coast," telling of near-loo-mile winds there
from the same hurricane, which had battered Cuba and Jamaica
even earlier. And on page io was the local weather story:
Early yesterday morning the United States weather bureau re-
ceived storm warnings from Washington, announcing a change in
the course of the storm that has been playing in the South Atlantic
for several days. The notice stated that the storm, instead of moving
north, had changed its course, and, reaching the gulf, was moving
westward in a northwesterly direction. The early indications were
that the storm would probably strike land somewhere east of Texas,
and make its way across land westwardly. Up to 5 P.M. the latest
advices stated that the storm center was in the gulf, south of Louis-
iana, and headed northwest. Storm signals were hoisted early in the
day and warnings sent out to shipping and the coast country, and in
fact all stations in this district.
The storm struck the Florida coast on Thursday [September 6],
and all communications with Key West was interrupted for several
hours. It was reported that considerable damage was done there.
From the Florida coast the storm went to sea again and has been
plowing up the gulf. Yesterday afternoon it was between stations;
that is, between the New Orleans and Galveston weather stations,
and reports were hard to obtain until the blow reached farther west.
At 5 P.M. it was moving slowly westward, with prospects of reaching
here some time in the night. The weather bureau officials did not
anticipate any dangerous disturbance, although they were not in a
position to judge just what degree the storm may reach or develop
when it strikes Texas.
This storm is of West Indian origin, such as are looked for during
the months of August, September, and October. The weather bureau
does not recognize any such classification as "equinoctial storms."
2Galveston Daily News, September 8, 1900oo.
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