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Storm tides of 8 to 15 ft inundated the whole of Galveston Island, as well as other portions of the nearby Texas coast.
For an interactive map of the Galveston Hurricane visit the NOAA Coastal Services Center.This fearsome cyclone was first detected near the Lesser Antilles on September 2.It moved generally west-northwestward for several days, passing near the Dominican Republic on September 4 and into the southeastern Bahamas on the 5th and 6th. A westward turn on September 7 took the center across the central Bahamas on the 7th and 8th and into the Straits of Florida on the 9th.The now large hurricane was of Category 4 intensity as the eye passed just south of Key West, Florida and the Dry Tortugas on September 10.This killer weather system was first detected over the tropical Atlantic on August 27.While the history of the track and intensity is not fully known, the system reached Cuba as a tropical storm on September 3 and moved into the southeastern Gulf of Mexico on the 5th.
A general west-northwestward motion occurred over the Gulf accompanied by rapid intensification.
By the time the storm reached the Texas coast south of Galveston late on September 8, it was a Category 4 hurricane.
After landfall, the cyclone turned northward through the Great Plains.
It became extratropical and turned east-northeastward on September 11, passing across the Great Lakes, New England, and southeastern Canada.
It was last spotted over the north Atlantic on September 15.
This hurricane was the deadliest weather disaster in United States history.