The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 65, July 1961 - April, 1962 Page: 309
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Hurricane Carla at Galveston
Rockets were sent up at half-hour intervals as a warning to craft in
Galveston Bay waters and also as a warning to residents of low grounds
down the island. Telephone messages also were sent to island residents,
and in addition motor cycle messengers were dispatched to warn camp-
ers along the beach and bay shore.41
At the time the paper went to press on the night of August 15,
the hurricane was "apparently central over the south Central Gulf
of Mexico."42 The development of more accurate forecasting of
the storms is evident in the contrast between the early reports
of the storm of 900 when almost nothing was known, the early
reports of the 1915 storm when information was rather vague, and
the early reports of Carla in 1961 when hurricane-hunter planes
tracked the storm across the Gulf of Mexico. The planes provide
far more accurate information than was available previously, but
they do not track the eye of the storm continually. A continuous
tracking of the storms will provide more accurate information
about the movement and probable direction. One possible method
of tracking the storms is by radar, but at the present time the
range of land-based radar stations is too short to be efficient.43
Long experience has given present Galvestonians much of the
knowledge they need to protect themselves from the hurricanes
which strike the Texas coast. Few, however, can match the calm
of an elderly woman, who along with members of her family took
refuge in a two-story building downtown.
"Aren't you excited?" a teen-ager in the family asked her.
"No, I have a very serious heart condition, and my doctor told
me never to get excited," she answered.
4lGalveston Daily News, August 16, 1915.
4SDunn and Miller, Atlantic Hurricanes, 240o.
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