After landfall, the cyclone turned northward through the Great Plains.
The storm nearly stalled to the south of Pensacola later that day and buffeted the central Gulf Coast with 24 hours of heavy rainfall, hurricane force winds, and storm surge.
A general west-northwestward motion occurred over the Gulf accompanied by rapid intensification.
By the time the storm reached the Texas coast south of Galveston late on September 8, it was a Category 4 hurricane.
This cyclone produced the highest sustained winds ever recorded in the United States at the time, and the barometric pressure fell to 27.61 inches as the eye passed over Miami.
A storm surge of nearly 15 feet was reported in Coconut Grove.