Twenty-eight years ago today Hurricane Hugo made landfall in Charleston, South Carolina as a category four storm. As you may have seen and heard during recent tropical storm coverage, Hurricane Hugo is the benchmark of storms for many in the Carolinas.
Normally when hurricanes make landfall they begin to weaken and slow down. Not Hugo. The storm continued to move quickly through central South Carolina and eventually moved into western North Carolina.
Hurricane Hugo created a twenty foot storm surge along the South Carolina coastline. Hurricane force winds were observed nearly 200 miles inland.
Charleston, SC - Severe damage to structures. 100 buildings were completely destroyed. Over 80% of the roofs in Charleston were destroyed.
Myrtle Beach, SC - Numerous homes and businesses received major damage. Sand covered Ocean Blvd.
Charlotte, NC - Hurricane force winds were recorded in Charlotte. Numerous trees fell leading to massive, long-duration power outages. Many skyscrapers in Uptown Charlotte were damaged.
Foothills of North Carolina - Hugo finally weakened to Tropical Storm status, but Hurricane force wind guests were still recorded. Thousands of trees were damaged.
For the 25th anniversary of Hurricane Hugo in 2014, the Carolina Weather Group sat down with three broadcast meteorologists who covered Hurricane Hugo: Eric Thomas, from WBTV in Charlotte, NC; Rob Flower, from WCBD in Charleston, SC; and Tom Sorrells, of WKMG in Orlando, FL) who was working at WPDE in Florence, SC when Hugo struck.