The hurricane that occurred at Galveston on September 8, 1900 was the greatest natural disaster in the United States at that time. From one to five feet of water covered the entire island at the height of the storm. An estimated 6,000 to 8,000 persons were declared missing or dead and an additional 2,000 perished elsewhere along the coast. The storm was so intense that the low pressure system held together as it tracked northward to the Great Lakes and then into the North Atlantic within four days after it made landfall in Galveston.
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