Hurricanes, tropical storms and their remains can still cause problems within the state. Even if the center of a tropical storm or hurricane does not directly hit the state, the indirect effects can still have significant impacts. The heavy rain and strong winds can extend over 100 miles from the eye of the storm, and even the remains of a tropical system can still cause damage. Since the 1850s, more than 120 tropical cyclones have struck the Texas coastline.
You can learn more about the tropical depressions, tropical storms, and hurricanes that have impacted Texas by exploring the Historic Hurricane Track Tool, provided by NOAA.
While many remember the devastating impacts of Hurricane Harvey after it made landfall along the Texas coast in 2017, there have been many storms that had impacted the state. The Great Galveston Hurricane is considered one of the worst natural disaster in the United States in terms of lives lost; the most frequently used estimate of the death toll is 8,000. In 1970, Hurricane Celia hit Corpus Christi with estimated wind gusts up to 180 mph.