Hurricane Hugo left its mark 24 years ago

24 years ago, at 12:01am September 22, 1989, one of the most devastating storms to hit the South Carolina coast made its way through the Grand Strand and Pee Dee.

At the time, Hurricane Hugo was the most expensive hurricane in American history with more than $8 billion in damage.

135 mile per hour winds drove inland and then swept into North Carolina.

The storm ripped homes off foundations, toppled trees, and killed 13 people in North and South Carolina - nearly half of those were drownings.

Horry County resident Stacey Brosky was 11 when the storm hit.

"The howling wind and everything hitting the house. It was pitch black out and even if you could just see past the boards, everything you heard was just wind so the sounds of that night is what sticks out most in my head," she explained.

Brosky added that above everything else, the hurricane taught her to be prepared.

"I've got more diverse stock food in my cabinets and hurricane season comes through I'm ready to go and after hurricane season comes through when it's gone I don't have to go grocery shopping for a while," she laughed.

To read more from the National Weather Service about Hurricane Hugo, click here.

To watch the WPDE NewsChannel 15 6pm newscast from September 21, 1989 as conditions were deteriorating, click here.

To watch the midnight cut-in of coverage of Hurricane Hugo coming ashore, click here.

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