Today marks anniversary of the 1900 Great Galveston Hurricane

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Tuesday, September 8, 2015
Galveston, Texas in 1900
A large part of the city of Galveston, Texas was reduced to rubble, as shown in this September, 1900 photo, after being hit by a surprise hurricane Sept. 8, 1900.
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GALVESTON, TX (KTRK) -- The category 4 hurricane made landfall 115 years ago today, taking the lives of at least 6,000 people and leaving another 10,000 homeless.

Isaac Cline, the Local Forecast Official at the Galveston office of the U.S. Weather Bureau, tried to warn residents of Galveston hours before the hurricane hit, but for many it was too late.

He wrote this harrowing account of his personal experience during the deadly hurricane:

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    He added this in a special report published for the September, 1900 edition of the Monthly Weather Review:

      And that's exactly what the survivors did. They raised the city and built a sea wall that stands to this day as the main line of defense against approaching hurricanes.

      The sea wall got its first big test in the 1915 Hurricane, also a category 4 storm. You can read more about that storm here.

      ABC-13 Interactive Hurricane Guide