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Al Roker's 'The Storm of the Century' Dives Into 1900 Storm



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    The sun rises behind the 1900 Storm Memorial September 18, 2008 in Galveston, Texas. The sculpture was dedicated to remember the 6,000 killed when a hurricane hit the island in 1900. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

    Al Roker's new book, "The Storm of the Century," reads like a blockbuster movie script.

    But the NBC "Today" show weatherman says the drama, heartache and strife of the Great Hurricane of 1900 that hit Galveston, Texas, is all too real.

    The book was released Tuesday. It comes a few weeks before the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina on Aug. 29.

    Roker uses newspaper clippings, oral histories and archival records to piece together the devastation of Galveston -- once called the "Paris of the Gulf Coast."

    Roker weaves the story of Galveston's development and descriptions of the U.S. media and political landscape.

    Roker estimates about 10,000 people were killed in the storm that made landfall on Sept. 8, 1900.

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