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Hurricane Hugo through they eyes of a meteorologist

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MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCIV) -- Many Charlestonians use Hugo as the benchmark for hurricanes in the Lowcountry.

“The brunt of the storm was to the north of Isle of Palms, up around the McClellanville area, so in West Ashley, we were estimating that we were getting 85-90 mph winds,” said Tom Crawford, ABC News 4 Meteorologist.

Crawford rode the storm out in his West Ashley home.

“If there was that much damage with 85 to 90 mph winds, I would have hated for that storm to go in at Kiawah and bring downtown Charleston and West Ashley the devastation,” he said.

If Hugo had come ashore along the shores of Kiawah Island, that would have brought the deadliest part of the storm, the surge, to the most densely populated areas of the Lowcountry at the time, Folly Beach, James Island, and especially historic downtown Charleston.

“When folks say that they lived through the worst hurricane ever hitting Charleston, and that they lived through the worst part of it – if they lived in West Ashley or Summerville, no they didn't,” said Crawford. “If you lived in McClellanville, yeah you did. If you lived up around the Black River or Georgetown, yeah you did.”

It's been almost 25 years for the Lowcountry. Don't say “I rode out Hugo, I'll be fine,” says Crawford.

Every storm is different, and when the next hurricane approaches, prepare for the worst, and hope for the best.



  • Tom Crawford

    Email: tcrawford@abcnews4.com Reporter Profile




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