In early September of 1900, a hurricane of massive force struck the Gulf Coast west of Galveston, Texas. The Great Galveston Hurricane would prove far deadlier than any man-made, environmental or weather-related disaster in U.S. history, with approximately 8,000 killed in Galveston and roughly 2,000 more lost in other parts of the Gulf Coast.This death toll is greater than the combined casualty figure for the 1941 Pearl Harbor attack, Hurricane Katrina, the 9/11 terrorist attacks as well as Hurricane Ike, which struck Galveston in 2008.
In 1900 a hurricane struck Galveston, Texas, obliterating a lifesaving station and killing thousands. The storm unleashed winds of approximately 150 mph and the storm surge flooded the city. The station’s keeper and his crew had little forewarning of the storm, but they could sense that something was brewing in the Gulf of Mexico.
In studying the historical record of by-gone days, scholars often come across men and women whose deeds are long forgotten by the nation they once served. Such is the case of Charles S. Root, one of the bravest and most accomplished engineering officers in Coast Guard history, who distinguished himself early in his career as a heroic lifesaver.
LCDR John F. Barresi meets with Senator Thad Cochran during a visit to Gulfport, Miss. on May 16, 2008 to tour the new United States Coast Guard Station. The previous U. S. Coast Guard Station was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. Photo courtesy of Sen. Cochran's office. Photo taken during the flooding – Hurricane Katrina. Photo