Hurricane Irma expected to hit U.S. 117 years after Texas' Great Storm

On Sept. 8, a Category 4 hurricane made landfall in Galveston, Texas – killing thousands of people and leaving behind lasting devastation.

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    A house tipped on side with several boys standing in front after a flood in Galveston, Texas, 1900

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    Looking toward the gulf showing space swept clean by the tornado's might, Galveston, Texas, 1900

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    The Waves' Caprice, the only remaining house near the beach for miles in Galveston, Texas, ,1900

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    People rummage through rubble of destroyed houses following a hurricane which devastated most of Galveston and took more than 5,000 lives

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    Public school at 25th St. and Ave. P destroyed in the Galveston disaster in 1900

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    Two women search through rubble following a violent hurricane which devastated most of Galveston and took more than 5,000 lives

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    The aftermath of the 1900 Galveston hurricane

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    A boy sitting on debris in the wake of the 1900 hurricane, Galveston, Texas.

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