This Day in Charleston History
On this day in Charleston history, Hurricane Hugo first made landfall in Charleston. The storm was a Category 4 hurricane when it arrived in the Holy City and caused extensive damaged throughout the state.
Hugo hit the area around 11:30 pm on September 21st, but made actual landfall in Sullivan’s Island at 11:57 pm. The storm brought winds that exceeded 135 mph.
Twenty-seven South Carolinians died as a result from the storm, while more than 3,300 single family homes, 12,600 mobile homes and 18,000 multi-family houses were either damaged or destroyed. Damage in this state alone was estimated at $5.9 billion.
- More than 227,8000 residences lost power
- 18,171 homes had major damage, while 56,580 sustained minor impact
- There were 34 fatalities in the Caribbean as a result of the storm.
- At the time It was the costliest storm in U.S. history, but is now the 11th costliest.
- Pictures from The State.
- Pictures from Charleston Daily Photo.
- Pictures from different towns.
- Plenty of Pictures from Google Image Search.
- Father, son remember Hugo (The State).
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