Hurricanes: Picking Up The Pieces

Notes HURRICANES Picking Up The Pieces

For the storm-shattered survivors of Hurricane Hugo, the simplest necessities were sorely missed: thousands were still without water or electricity. Residents from St. Croix, V.I., to Charlotte, N.C., found their businesses blown away, their houses flattened, their jobs gone. Losses were running as high as $3 billion just in South Carolina, where 70,000 people remained homeless and 224,000 were out of work. The state's top industry, tourism, may take years to recover. Timber, its third-ranking income source, took a $1 billion blow, as more than a third of South Carolina's forests fell to Hugo's winds. It may be 18 months before...

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