Pat Shingleton: "The Worst Storm Ever..."
"Sunday, September 9, 1900 revealed one of the most horrible sights that ever a civilized people looked upon." It was the end of five days of devastation. Never before or since have more Americans died in any single natural disaster. Nearly 7,000 lives were lost because of a hurricane that leveled Galveston. When bodies were weighted and taken deep into the Gulf of Mexico for burial, they washed back onto the Galveston Beach. The greatest death toll from any single hurricane occurred along the coast of Bangladesh on Nov. 12 1970. A gigantic cyclone bombarded the Bay of Bengal spreading a wall of water 20 feet high over the islands and settlements in the Ganges Delta where estimates of 300,000 people drowned.