The Great Galveston Disaster, Containing a Full and Thrilling Account of the Most Appalling Calamity of Modern Times Page: 105
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THE GULF CITY A MASS OF RUINS. 105
One of our journals commented as follows on the storm that
wrought unparalleled damage:
" With the passage of the great hurricane out to sea over the
Gulf of St. Lawrence the most destructive chapter in the history
of storm movements in the United States was closed. Just what
the total of life, property and crop losses will be is even now not
ascertainable with any sure degree of accuracy, but that it will
surpass all earlier estimates cannot be questioned.
TIMELY WARNINGS WERE GIVEN.
" Moving into the Gulf of Mexico, just west of Florida, on
Thursday, September 6, in its week's circuit of the United States,
the hurricane has at least caused a loss of 5000 lives and probably
many more, and has destroyed and damaged property to
the extent of $I5,ooo,ooo. And yet, after its probable direction
and the curve of its track were ascertained on Friday, September
7, no great cyclonic disturbance has been more carefully watched
or the menace of its forward movement more decisively pointed
" It is to be regretted that though the Friday warnings of the
Weather Bureau caused apprehensions in Galveston, few realized
the extreme gravity of the situation. The bureau, however, did
its full duty, and its subsequent warnings with respect to the
passage of the cyclone over the lakes were fully justified. The
path the hurricane took between September 6 and September 12
meteorologically was most instructive and will unquestionably
prove of great value in future forecasts. And yet it followed the
normal rule and kept on skirting an area of high barometer that
lay over the Southern States, the lakes and the Middle States.
From the moment the cyclone was first "held up" by the high
pressure anti-cyclone on Thursday it kept to the left of it, and so
was diverted westward with such disasterous results for Galveston.
" Though it may seem to some paradoxical to say so, the clear,
bracing weather of yesterday, accompanied, as it was, by the strong
winds from the south and southwest, was the hurricane's contribution
to northern weather. To most people who find great difficulty
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