Timeline of the Storm


Thursday, September 21, 1989
7 A.M.: Heavy rains and 40 mph winds begin pounding the lower counties of South Carolina.
9 P.M.: Hugo, upgraded to a Category IV storm, takes direct aim at Charleston.
10 P.M.: Charleston first experiences hurricane force winds.
Friday, September 22, 1998
12:30 A.M.: The eye passes over Charleston; 135 mph winds, five foot tidal surge, torrential rain, severe flooding. Emergency power implemented, phone service dies, communication problems ensue.
2 A.M.: High tide along with the impact of the tidal surge causes massive flooding; rainfall amounts between 5-10 inches, storm tides 12-17 feet above normal range; 100 mph winds in Berkely County, power outages by nightfall, windows pop, trees uprooted, National Guard aids in road clearing, Charleston hospitals report no injury treated.
The Eye
40 miles wide, 140 mile wind extension. As storm moves inland, speeds diminish.