“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 stormís 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.
Location. 32° 47.114′ N, 79° 52.351′ W. Marker is in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, in Charleston County. Marker is on Royall Avenue just from Bank Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Mount Pleasant SC 29464, United States of America.
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
Additional keywords. Hurricane
Categories. • Disasters •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 11, 2010. This page has been viewed 791 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on November 11, 2010. 4. submitted on January 3, 2011, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.