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The hurricane that made landfall on Galveston Island on Sept. 8, 1900, is still considered one of the deadliest natural disasters in U.S. history.

An estimated 10,000 to 12,000 people lost their lives. More than 6,000 of those were from Galveston Island.

The unnamed storm would have been classified today as a Category 4 hurricane. But despite the destruction, the Galveston survivors immediately began rebuilding.

Clara Barton and the Red Cross helped establish an orphanage for the victims of the storm; they also helped obtain lumber and materials to rebuild homes.

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