Hurricane Carla, which struck the Texas coast at Port Aransas in 1961, remains one of the most powerful hurricanes ever recorded. Peak winds of 175 mph were observed. I talked to an old-timer down there who rode it out in a relatively small office-type building. He told me that within about 15 minutes of Carla making landfall he realized he'd made a horrible mistake by staying, and that the most helpless feeling was the sound of the cotter pins on the metal covers over the windows breaking away "with that pinging sound and knowing there was not a damn thing I could do except get down on my knees and pray."
Beauty is only skin deep but Texas is to the bone.