June 15, 1976: Rainstorm. From 10-15 inches of rain recorded. It had estimated winds of 135 mph (215 km/h) at landfall, making it a Category 4 storm. HOUSTON (KTRK) -- With winds of 115 mph, Hurricane Alicia pummeled the Gulf Coast as it made landfall onto Texas soil on August 18, 1983. [4] It rapidly weakened over land, dissipating early on September 13 over western Nuevo León. June 12–13, 1973: Rainstorm. It was the costliest storm in Texas before Hurricane Alicia. [9] Ultimately there was no reported storm surge in Texas, although the waves crested high along the beaches. It moved across the Yucatán Peninsula as a tropical depression before rapidly intensifying into a hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico. The hurricane left one death due to a destroyed house. Dec. 30–31, 1978: Ice Storm. Created by the Texas Department of Public Safety, this film documents Corpus Christi in the days following Hurricane Celia. Seventeen killed, 42 injured; damage $2.1 million. [3] On September 12, the hurricane made landfall near La Pesca, Tamaulipas, about 150 mi (220 km) south of the Mexico/United States border, with a barometric pressure of 967 mbar (28.6 inHg). Aug. 3–5, 1970: Hurricane Celia. Ten drowned. Thirteen people killed, 10 in Travis County. A house is engulfed in flames as water and waves inundate homes on Galveston Island as Hurricane Ike approaches the coast Sept. 12, 2008. An American Red Cross shelter opened to provide shelter. In July, Tropical Storm Becky brought minor flooding to Florida and other parts of the Southern United States, leaving one death and about $500,000 (1970 USD) in damage. Two major hurricanes occurred in the five years from 1965 to 1970. 1970 Press Photo Boat Suffers Damage from Hurricane Ceila on Texas Coast. 1970 Stocker with Title for sale in HURRICANE, UT, Price: $16,500 Twenty-six killed, 500 injured; damage $135 million. A tropical depression developed from the system on September 8 near Swan Island off the north coast of Honduras. 21 hurricanes have been recorded in the Dallas, TX since 1930. Near Clarendon, Donley County. Hurricane Danny, 80 mph, from Aug. 12-18, and Hurricane Juan, 75 mph, Oct. 26-Nov. 1, swirled around Southeast Texas. Heavy rains, high winds and hail resulted in over $5 million property damage; 40 people injured. Near Alvin, an estimated 43 inches of rain fell, a new state record for 24 hours. [15][16] Due to the hurricane, the Purification and the San Fernando Rivers crested above flood stage. The Hurricane of 1900 made landfall on the city of Galveston, Texas on September 8, 1900. Fifteen square miles, almost one-quarter of the city of Lubbock, suffered damage. The sixth tropical storm and third hurricane of the season, Ella developed on September 8 in the western Caribbean Sea. August 2-3, 1970: Hurricane Celia hit near Corpus Christi. Corpus Christi. May 11, 1970: Tornado. [1] In the 12 hours before moving ashore, the winds increased from 100 mph (160 km/h) to 125 mph (201 km/h), making Ella a major hurricane (Category 3 on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale). April 19, 1976: Tornado. [10] Precipitation was light in Texas, peaking at 0.88 in (22 mm) at McAllen. Earlier on the same day, several tornadoes hit farther west. On August 3 rd 1970, Hurricane Celia made landfall near Aransas Pass as a major Category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale with sustained winds of 125 mph. Hurricane Celia crossed the Texas coastline midway between Corpus Christi and Aransas Pass about 3:30 p.m. CST on Aug. 3. Sustained wind speeds reached 130 mph, but it was great bursts of kinetic energy of short duration that appeared to cause the severe damage. The most significant storm of the season was Hurricane Celia, a Category 3 hurricane that slammed South Texas in early August. Roger Pielke, Jr. Only three category 5 hurricanes are known for certain to have ever effected the United States over the last 125 years, the 1935 Labor Day Hurricane in the Florida Keys, Hurricane Camille in 1969, and Hurricane Andrew in 1992. Seventeen drowned at New Braunfels, one at McQueeney. Harvey, a Category 4 storm, made landfall near Rockport, Texas on August 25th, 2017 at 10 PM local time. The highest tide reported was 3.9', and rainfall totaled over 6" in Galveston. An F-5 tornado destroyed a few homes and airplanes. The Great Indianola, Texas Hurricane 1886 may also have been of Category 5 … In all, the tornadoes on April 10 killed 53 people, injured 1,812 and caused over $500 million damages. FELICE (TS - September 15th landfall) Felice moved inland just north of Galveston with peak winds of 70 mph. Widespread heavy rain caused flash flooding here, resulting in three deaths; damage over $5.5 million. Hurricane Ella was the second of two major hurricanes to threaten Texas during the 1970 Atlantic hurricane season. Near Clarendon, Donley County. Looting erupted, [6], The hurricane increased surf along the Texas coast, with wave heights of 7 ft (2.1 m) observed. Hurricane Ella ultimately turned to the west and maintained a track that spared Texas from significant impact. at peak intensity Max 1-min wind mph (km/h) Min. Coastal Bend. An estimated 20,000 persons were left homeless by this storm. Berg-Hughes Center for Petroleum and Sedimentary Systems, Center for Atmospheric Chemistry and the Environment, Center for Geospatial Sciences, Applications and Technology, Geochemical and Environmental Research Group. Aug. 3–5, 1970: Hurricane Celia. Harris County. Hurricane Celia was a unique but severe storm. [15] The hurricane destroyed several houses,[11] and there was one death after a girl was stuck in her destroyed house in Abasolo. [1] Officials issued a mandatory evacuation for low-lying areas around Brownsville, as well as in South Padre Island and Port Isabel. Fifteen square miles, almost one-quarter of the city of Lubbock, suffered damage. Few homes, buildings, boats, and businesses in or near Corpus Christi escaped damage, if not complete destruction. New Braunfels and Seguin hardest hit. Jan. 31–Feb. Lubbock, Lubbock County. This occurred about a month after Hurricane Celia caused significant damage across the region. In Bandera, Kerr, Kendall and Gillespie counties, 27 people drowned and the damage total was at least $50 million. Measured in dollars, it was the costliest in the state’s history to that time. It caused $930 million in damage in Texas. Eight deaths were storm-related, including three drownings. 1, 1975: Flooding. August 22, 1999: Hurricane Bret: (landfall in Kenedy County) Fourteen persons were killed at a resort community at Green Belt Reservoir, 7 miles north of Clarendon. press. Ella weakened while moving inland and dissipated on September 13. [7] People in the affected area took extra precautions due to the heavy damage left by Hurricane Celia only weeks before. South Central Texas. Sept. 9–13, 1971: Hurricane Fern. [8] As a result, small craft were recommended to remain at port. Galveston had a gust to 55 mph. At Follett, 3-day snowfall was 26 inches. Southeastern Texas. Wind gusts of 161 mph were measured at the Corpus Christi National Weather Service Office. Possibly the worst ice storm in 30 years hit Dallas County particularly hard. 1970 North Atlantic Ocean statistics Storm name Dates active Storm category. Seventeen killed, 42 injured; damage $2.1 million. As much as 30 inches of rain fell near Albany in Shackelford County, where six drownings were reported. Initially the hurricane was forecast to hit southern Texas, which prompted evacuations and hurricane warnings. Rains in excess of 13 inches caused damage estimated at near $25 million. Jan. 9–12, 1962: Freeze. The largest hurricane was Unnamed in 1945. May 11, 1970: Tornado. Texas Hurricane. From 1818 to 1885 at least twenty-eight hurricanes struck Texas, and from 1885 through 1964 sixty-six tropical storms were recorded, about two-thirds of which were of hurricane force (with winds of more than seventy-four miles an hour). July 30-August 1, 1978: Tropical Storm Amelia created major floods. The rains prevented the transportation of relief goods, including food and medicine, by helicopters. Property and crop damage conservatively estimated at $300 million. Nine persons were injured. [13] Winds up to 80 mph (130 km/h) were reported in Ciudad Victoria. Panhandle. [6] All residents in mobile homes were also told to leave their homes in the Brownsville area. Death and damage totals for the state of Texas only. Aug. 1–4, 1978: Heavy Rains, Flooding. There are a lot of ups and downs in the data, but no obvious trends. 42 In Texas, these storms make landfall on the Gulf Coast, generally moving north or northeast through the state. It moved across the Yucatán Peninsula as a tropical depression before rapidly intensifying into a hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico. 1986. Areas affected Damage Deaths Alex May 17 - May 21 Category 1 hurricane 85 (140) 991 Honduras, Cayman Islands, Cuba 5 (2018 USD) 0 Boris July 19 - July 20 Tropical storm 40 (65) 1005 Western Cuba none 0 Colin Central Texas. May 23, 1975: Rainstorm. North Central Texas. Over $50 million in property and crop damage. About 24 hours before its final landfall, its center became trackable on radar from Brownsville, Texas. Brownwood. This occurred abo… Hurricane Information For Dallas, TX . As the ridge to the north weakened, Ella slowed its forward motion markedly and quickly strengthened. Feb. 20–22, 1971: Blizzard. [2] A few hours later, the Hurricane Hunters observed a tropical storm, which prompted the system being named "Ella". Damage was insignificant. This is an original press photo. Sept. 18–20, 1979: Coastal flooding from heavy rain, 18 inches in 24 hours at Aransas Pass, and 13 inches at Rockport. From September 2nd to 5th we visited Rockport and 22 nearby cities to assess the severity of the damage. Saved by Jennifer Mize. [14] There, the rainfall disrupted post-storm rescue work. April 18, 1970: Tornado. The evacuation of an estimated 250,000 persons kept loss of life low. Four deaths caused by drowning. . Edwards Plateau, Low Rolling Plains. On August 1 st, 1970 a tropical depression entered the Gulf of Mexico and rapidly gained strength and intensified into a major hurricane. When was the earliest-recorded hurricane near Texas: The National Weather Service cites a deadly storm off Galveston Island in 1527, though the earliest known hurricane is … With an anticyclone aloft providing favorable conditions, Ella rapidly intensified into a hurricane less than 12 hours after emerging from the Yucatán Peninsula. We report a detailed ground-based damage survey for Hurricane Harvey, the first major hurricane to make landfall along the central Texas coast since the 1970 Category 3 Hurricane Celia. Two persons killed; losses were $30.2 million. Nacogdoches County. Hurricane Carla was the largest hurricane of record. Here is a list of major hurricanes that have affected Texas in the last 100 years. [1] The Brownsville Weather Bureau office noted the potential for 15 in (380 mm) of rainfall to occur in Mexico along the hurricane's path,[12] and heavy rainfall occurred in portions of northeastern Mexico. Hurricane Celia, August 3, 1970: Hurricane Celia was one of the most destructive storms to ever hit Texas, with damages estimated at $1.6 billion (in 1990 dollars). [1], Hurricane Ella intensifying over the Gulf of Mexico on September 11, "Atlantic hurricane best track (HURDAT version 2)", "Hurricane Ella powers way towards Mexican coastline", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Hurricane_Ella_(1970)&oldid=917139472, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 22 September 2019, at 12:41. Ten to 26 inches of rain resulted in some of worst flooding since Hurricane Beulah in 1967. Gilchrist recorded a pressure of 29.48 inches and estimated winds of 70 mph. April 10, 1979: The worst single tornado in Texas’ history hit Wichita Falls. Major Texas Hurricanes. Austin area. Twenty-six killed, 500 injured; damage $135 million. Hurricane Celia 1970. Corpus Christi. On September 12, it moved ashore in northeastern Mexico in the state of Tamaulipas with winds of 125 mph (201 km/h). The destruction in Wichita Falls resulted in 42 dead, 1,740 injured, over 3,000 homes destroyed and damage of approximately $400 million. Global tropical cyclone landfalls at hurricane strength 1970 to 2019. Celia killed 28 people. Hurricane Celia was a unique but severe storm. Damage estimates reached $14 million, and six deaths were storm-related. Dallas County was hit by a wave of the most destructive thunderstorms in many years; 37 injuries and $5 million in damages resulted. The most recent Dallas, TX hurricane was Bill in 2015. [1], Initially there was uncertainty in its future track, and the hurricane posed a threat to Texas; however, Ella turned to the west as its intensification rate slowed. At Aransas Pass, peak wind gusts were estimated as high as 180 mph, after the wind equipment had been blown away. Facilites for Fisherman temporarily "out" -- Most observers believe it will be more than a mount before resort areas such as Rockport (above) and Port Aransas (below) are back in shape to accommodate visiting anglers. Hurricane season runs from June 1 to Nov. 30, with most storms making landfall during August and September. Severe weather in Texas can be categorized by two factors: loss of life and the cost of damage estimating over $1 million. The sixth tropical storm and third hurricane of the season, Ella developed on September 8 in the western Caribbean Sea. Remnants of Tropical Storm Amelia caused some of the worst flooding of this century. 1 of 31. What would have happened if the models had been right? [1] This made Ella one of eleven major hurricanes to strike the Atlantic coast of Mexico in the period between 1970 and 2008. Fourteen persons were killed at a resort community at Green Belt Reservoir, 7 miles north of Clarendon. 3 ... Texas Hurricane. They're black-and-white, taken on a pretty cheap camera, and 40 years old, so bear with me.) It was the strongest hurricane during the 1967 Atlantic hurricane season. The following events were included because they caused an extensive amount of destruction and in some cases, fatalities were also a result of the severe weather. >>Click to see the worst hurricanes in Texas … July 25–26, 1979: Tropical storm Claudette caused over $750 million in property and crop damages, but fortunately only few injuries. Dallas, TX is in a very low risk hurricane zone. As it emerged into the Gulf of Mexico, the depression began to intensify significantly. In Texas, 34 persons died; seven in a tornado that swept across Galveston Island; 465 persons were injured. Hurricane Bonnie, a Category 1 … May 11–12, 1972: Rainstorm. [5] This was later upgraded to a hurricane warning from Brownsville to Port Isabel, with gale warnings extending northward to Port Aransas. Hurricane Beulah was the second tropical storm, second hurricane, and only major hurricane during the 1967 Atlantic hurricane season.It tracked through the Caribbean, struck the Yucatán peninsula of Mexico as a major hurricane, and moved west-northwest into the Gulf of Mexico, briefly gaining Category 5 intensity. These home movies, edited down here show much of that terrible destruction. Over $1 million in property damage. Hurricane Ella was the second of two major hurricanes to threaten Texas during the 1970 Atlantic hurricane season. Nov. 23–24, 1974: Flash Flooding. [3], As the tropical depression that became Ella moved over the Yucatán Peninsula, it produced wind gusts of 55 mph (89 km/h) and a pressure of 1,004 mbar (29.6 inHg). Three persons killed; property and livestock losses were $3.1 million. of the most costly hurricanes to hit the Texas coast, racking up 1/2 billion 1970 dollars of property damage during that half day visit. The storm destroyed nearly half of all structures in the Corpus Christi area; estimates to the number of buildings sustaining any level of damage runs in excess of 80%. Moving northwestward, the depression failed to strengthen much before striking the Yucatán Peninsula on September 10,[1] just south of Cozumel. The storm had microbursts and downbursts. Paralyzing blizzard, worst since March 22–25, 1957, storm transformed Panhandle into one vast snowfield as 6 to 26 inches of snow were whipped by 40 to 60 mph winds into drifts up to 12 feet high. Lubbock, Lubbock County. Property damage $17.5 million. Hurricane Celia 1970. Initially the hurricane was forecast to hit southern Texas, which prompted evacuations and hurricane warnings. Hurricane Celia was the third major hurricane to impact the Middle Texas coast in a 9-year period (Carla in 1961 and Beulah in 1967). [2], When Hurricane Ella was still moving to the west-northwest,[1] the Weather Bureau issued a hurricane watch for the entire Texas coastline. Hardest hit was the metropolitan area of Corpus Christi, including Robstown, Aransas Pass, Port Aransas and small towns on the north side of Corpus Christi Bay. April 18, 1970: Tornado. In 1970, Hurricane Celia struck Port Aransas dead on and wiped out much of the town. May 3, 1979: Thunderstorms. Saved by Jennifer Mize. My Hurricane Story - Hurricane Celia, Corpus Christi, TX, August 3, 1970 (I've updated this story with photos I found while digging around in a memory box in my garage. Celia caused 11 deaths in Texas, at least 466 injuries, and total property and crop damage in Texas estimated at $453.77 million. Hurricane. The origins of Hurricane Ella were from a well-defined trough that extended from the San Andres archipelago to Florida in early September. 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