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Saturday, September 26, 2015

Twenty-Sixth Anniversary Of Hurricane Hugo

This week in South Carolina history, twenty-six years ago on September 22, 1989, the Category 4 Hurricane Hugo made landfall on the Isle of Palms just north of the city of Charleston around midnight. With estimated maximum winds of 140-145 mph, Hugo produced significant wind and storm damage along the coast and even produced hurricane force wind gusts several hundred miles inland into western North Carolina. Hugo produced the highest storm tide heights every recorded along the US East Coast, around 20 feet in Bulls Bay, SC. 

At the time, Hugo was the strongest storm to strike the United States in the previous 20-years and was the most costly hurricane on record in terms of monetary losses of around 10 billion dollars in damages. It is also estimated that there were 107 deaths directly associated with the storm and its aftermath in the US, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands. 

I was thirteen years old when the hurricane hit. Though I live four hours from Charleston, my part of South Carolina was effected by Hugo - which remained a stable hurricane with an eye this far inland! It was a night and an experience this blogger will never forget, nor ever expected to have. I don't remember being too afraid: I actually fell asleep not long after the eye of the storm passed over. But I do remember the trees bending over, almost as if ready to break in half. Many trees in my town and the surrounding area did fall over blocking roads and destroying power lines. 

I don't believe that anyone who lived though Hugo will ever forget the experience. Since then we have had some near misses, but no major story systems landing on the South Carolina coastline. 

The question however is not so much if, but when will another major hurricane hit South Carolina the way Hugo did? My hope is no time soon.

UPDATE! 10-01-2015

Well folks, looks like Hurricane Joaquin came along and proved me wrong on that last line (although technically it did not make landfall like Hugo did). Thoughts and prayers go out to those in the South Carolina lowcountry affected by floods related to the recent storms.

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