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Hurricane!, Part II (1962)

Galveston and Texas History Center - Rosenberg Library

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  •  Port Lavaca in the eye of the storm 
  •  A tornado follows in Carla’s wake 
  •  Interviews with tearful survivors 
  •  American Red Cross command post 
  •  Disinterred coffins 
  •  Carla continues all the way to Canada 
  •  Rebuilding efforts 
 
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This NBC television news special covers the lead-up to and aftermath of Hurricane Carla, which struck the Texas coast in September 1961. Narrated by Dane Clark, this part of the broadcast reviews the experience of Galvestonians during the storm and the tornado that followed in its wake. It also features interviews with locals, who tearfully describe the damage to their homes.
Carla is the second-most intense hurricane to ever hit the Texas coast. (The most intense was the "Indianola" hurricane of 1886.) Though the storm made landfall between Port O'Connor and Port Lavaca, it was so large that the entire coast was affected; over half a million residents were evacuated, and damage was reported as far inland as Dallas. Carla caused $325 million (today $2.03 billion) in damage and killed 31 Texans.
 
An interesting note from the 1961 hurricane: then little known news anchor Dan Rather reported live during the storm from the Galveston seawall. It was the first live broadcast during a hurricane, later to become common practice in weather reporting.