Remembering Hugo


In the torrent of news about the California earthquake, the victims of another huge natural disaster on the opposite coast have been all but forgotten. Though the devastation wreaked by Hurricane Hugo when it smashed into South Carolina six weeks ago did not equal the damage caused by the tremor, it was by far the most destructive storm in U.S. history. In South Carolina alone, it killed 18 people, severely damaged or obliterated more than 36,000 homes, wiped out crops valued at $50 million and knocked down trees worth $1 billion. All told, property damage in the 24-county region that bore...

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