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Isaac's Storm (2004)

The story of meteorologist Isaac Cline and America's greatest natural disaster, the 1900 hurricane that destroyed Galveston, Texas and killed over 6,000 people.


Betsy Steinberg
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Credited cast:
Edward Herrmann ... Narrator (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Patricia Bixel Patricia Bixel ... Herself (Author, Galveston and the 1900 Storm)
Trey Brown Trey Brown ... Orphan
Gary Cartwright Gary Cartwright ... Himself
Izola Collins Izola Collins ... Herself (Galveston Historian)
Melanie Haynes ... Survivor (voice)
Caroline Kent Caroline Kent ... Heidi Rolfing
Erik Larson Erik Larson ... Himself (Author, Isaac's Storm)
Linda MacDonald Linda MacDonald ... Herself
Kyle J. Montgomery Kyle J. Montgomery ... Joseph Cline
Robin Robertson Robin Robertson ... Rabbi Cohen (as Robin Dale Robertson)
Jason Saucier Jason Saucier ... Willis Moore
Heather Shore ... Cora Cline
Mary Simmons ... Isaac's Daughter
Jon Stafford ... Issac Cline


By the summer of 1900, Galveston, Texas was one of the fastest-growing cities in the United States, and its citizens were full of optimism as the 20th century approached. One of those citizens was Isaac Cline, appointed a decade earlier to head the U.S. Weather Bureau office in Galveston. But on September 8 of that year, a Category 4 hurricane washed away most of the city and claimed more than 6,000 lives--still the deadliest natural disaster in U.S. history. This documentary focuses on Isaac Cline's role in the disaster: was he (as local legend has it) a heroic figure who saved lives by warning the population to flee, or did scientific hubris prevent him from seeing the danger until it was too late? Written by yortsnave

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Narrator: September 1900. At a time of boundless optimism, in a city poised for greatness, Isaac Cline puts his faith in science-and 37,000 are left unprepared for the deadliest natural disaster in American history.
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