Yesterday I submitted a new short story to EQMM. I set it during the 1900 Galveston Hurricane, which has always fascinated me. To have a city hit by a Cat 4 or 5 hurricane (can’t be sure of the intensity since the wind speed recording equipment was destroyed early in the day) without any warning is astounding. That storm may be an indication of what will happen with New Orleans in the wake of Katrina. While Galveston recovered, and took amazing steps to protect itself from future hurricanes (including raising the island), the town never regained its place as the main city in Texas. Instead, Houston rose in prominence. Same thing could happen with Baton Rouge.
An assistant to Thomas Edison came to Galveston shortly after the disaster and recorded it on film. It was one of the first times that a natural disaster was documented on film:
I hope the story will be accepted for publication. Now I have to wait.