The North West coast of the gulf of Mexico along a 700 mile stretch from Brownsville, Texas to new Orleans, Louisiana is threatened today, Monday 11 th September, by hurricane Carla - the worst storm to hit the United States for several years.
Map of Texas/Louisiana coast with caption superimposed "Hurricane Carla"
High shot of tower with water swirling around
Raging waters - 4 shots
Police patrol street with shop windows taped up against storm - 3 shots
Palm trees away in breeze
Red Cross sign
Woman entering shelter area
Canopy blows in wind
More people walking to shelter
People entering building
Tracking shot of people lying in corridors
High seas beating against buildings, piers - 5 shots
Flooded main street
Bird tries to fly, woman picks it up and carries it to car & gets in
2 shots of waves pounding piers
Waves hit canopy
Another bird tries to fly
More water and trees blowing
THIS WAS THE LAST FILM TO BE TRANSMITTED FROM HOUSTON TEXAS TELEVISION STATION BEFORE COMMUNICATIONS WERE INTERRUPTED BY HURRICANE CONDITIONS.
THIS WAS THE DOPE SHEET WHICH OUT WITH MONDAY'S SYNDICATION
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Background: The North West coast of the gulf of Mexico along a 700 mile stretch from Brownsville, Texas to new Orleans, Louisiana is threatened today, Monday 11 th September, by hurricane Carla - the worst storm to hit the United States for several years.
The centre of the storm, 30 miles in diameter, is expected to hit the Texas coast in the Port Levaca area around noon Monday, but with the storm still 50 miles out at sea, tides ten feet higher than normal and 75 mile an hour winds had already flooded eighty percent of the town of Galveston. National guardsman and rescue workers had already been out in boats to rescue some foolhardy citizens who ignored the storm warnings and stayed at home, but there have been no reports of major injuries so far.
More than 300,000 residents of the low lying coastal areas have evacuated their homes, some fleeing inland and others seeking shelter in public buildings which are expected to weather the storm. People were taking non chances, with the memory still fresh in their minds of hurricane Audrey, four years ago, which took a toll of 590 lives in Louisiana. With hurricane Carla just a few hours away most of the coastal towns are now uninhabited ghost towns, awaiting the onslaught. Even the birds, waterlogged by the driving rain, were victims of the hurricane and many were picked up passers by and carried to safety.