"Storm of the Century"
At midnight on September 21, 1989, Hurricane Hugo, a category four storm, blew into Charleston County. Winds in excess of 140 mph, a massive 20 foot storm surge, and extraordinarily high tides ravaged the area. Hugo cut a swath 50 miles wide and 200 miles long across South Carolina, and was one of the strongest storms to hit the East Coast since Hurricane Hazel in 1954.
The storm’s 6 foot surge destroyed the town hall/police station located here, and severely damaged nearby Alhambra Hall. After the storm 1,000 truck loads of debris were removed per day at a cost of $4 million for the 2 month cleanup. The debris stockpile stretched almost 1 mile and was 30 feet in height. The depth of the storm surge at this marker was 5 feet.
Erected 2003 by Town of Mount Pleasant.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Disasters. A significant historical month for this entry is September 1828.
Location. 32° 47.114′ N, 79° 52.351′ W. Marker is in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, in Charleston County. Marker is on Royall Avenue close
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Old Village (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Ronkin's Long Room / Ferry Service (about 300 feet away); Friendship A.M.E. Church (about 400 feet away); Confederate Cemetery / Memorial (about 400 feet away); War of 1812 Encampment (about 400 feet away); Patjens Post Office (about 400 feet away); Darby Building (about 600 feet away); Laing School (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mount Pleasant.
Additional keywords. Hurricane
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