Remembering Hurricane Hugo

Sep 9, 2019

Thirty years ago this month, the strongest and most costly hurricane to strike South Carolina in the 20th century made landfall. Hurricane Hugo was a Category 4 storm when it came ashore just slightly north of Charleston, on Isle of Palms on September 22. The hurricane had 140 mph sustained winds, with gusts to more than 160 mph and brought a storm surge of over 20 feet to McClellanville, SC. Thirty-five people lost their lives to the storm and its aftermath in South Carolina. Damage from Hugo in South Carolina was estimated at $5.9 billion.

Walter Edgar talks with Bo Peterson of Charleston’s Post & Courier newspaper about the impact of Hugo. And, we’ll delve into the Journal’s archive for a past conversation with survivors of the storm surge in McClellanville.

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