Hurricane Hugo left his mark 23 years ago

23 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.

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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