2004 ARCHIVE: What are your memories of Hurricane Hugo?
September 23, 2004 at 4:46 PM EST - Updated July 2 at 9:50 PM
DH, Camden: My husband, daughter, son and I gathered in our living room that night, huddled together on the sofa listening to the radio. My son used a scarf to tie himself to his Dad's arm. He said that he wanted to be tied to the heaviest thing in the room in case the house blew away.
LP, Lexington: Hugo? "It was a dark and stormy night......" Actually, I'm kind of with JD, enough of the inane storm questions for Pete's sake! And the sports questions, too! Instead of the "Question Of The Day", some of these drag on so long that they'd qualify for "Question Of The WeeK". How about some questions about news situations local incidents and such? Thank You!
CH, Columbia: I remember when Hugo hit I was 6 yrd old. Me, my mom, and my grandparents huddled in the hallway of our house to stay safe.... the next morning we were shocked...our shed was in our neighbors yard ( with blackwidos under it), tree limbs all over the yard, and eletricity was out for a while.. it was hard for us but we made it.
CT: When Hugo hit, I was 10yrs old. My dad just came back from being over sea's since he was in the military. I remember me, and my family laying in the hallway with all the doors closed to the other rooms and hearing thumps, doors shaking, and the wind going. I remember the next day having to help clean up the trees and trash from the yard. I hope that we will not have to indure that again!
JD, Rock Hill: Why does WIS keep asking such inane Questions of the Day? Enough with these hurricanes! Here is a good question which should be posed, but I will wager that WIS does not have the intestinal fortitude to do it: What do you think about the US Army's lock down of the SC National Guard troops at Ft. Dix, New Jersey? In case you are not aware the Army refused to allow our Guardsmen to have leave to visit their families prior to deployment, so our some of our guys went AWOL.
TD, Irmo: I stood in my grandparents front yard, in Charleston, and stared up at the grand ol' tree that had once towered over everything. The mossy oak had once just brought a feeling of comfort to me, as when I saw it, I knew that I was at grandma's house! But now, the roots had been uplifted. The root base stood taller than the house, and the tree would live no more. As a thirteen year old, I remember thinking, "this tree must've been here when the country was founded!" It brought tears to my eyes to know that it had not lived long enough to let my future children climb on it as I had often spent my summers doing. My grandparents told me their stories of horror watching the old tree being uprooted, and praying that it would fall in the right direction. My grandparents were lucky that only a few limbs crashed on their roof as the old tree came to its final resting spot in the woods across the street.
CB, Camden: I remember being 44 and waking in the nite to no water, no electricity, and only wind noises. The walls of the house filled with water and ran down onto the floor. This went on all night. A refrigerator was blown off the back porch. 57 trees were cracked and destroyed. We were without water 3 days and electricity 10---I was NEVER so happy to have air once again when it was back on. Roads were washed out and when we went back to work, we had to drive the long way. My children were 15 and almost 17 and still remember this well as grownups now.
sv, heath springs: What I remember most about hugo is being at home with my mom, two sisters and my grandmother. My father had to work and we were terrified! I also remember our power being out for almost a week and we were out of school for two weeks. I never want to go through that again ever in my life! Our state is very lucky so far this year considering what all Florida has been through.
mm, columbia: I remember the wind and my wife waking me up because the water was coming up from a creek behind where we lived. The next day I had to travel down through Eutawville to a job and remember seeing, what was left, of a house trailer wrapped around the trees in the woods by the road. The devistation was amazing! The day after that I had to go up through Kings mountain and they were still cutting trees out of the roads to make them passible in the towns around Charlotte. I still have a can of water that Anheiser-Busch sent to the coast by the truckload so that fresh water would be available. It was probably the worst storm I have experienced in my life. Most of all I remember all the help that came our way and the way everyone chipped in to help each other out. Of course we had the few that tried to make a 'killing' off necessities, water, ice, etc and how when they got caught were made to really pay for it!
MM, Little Mountain: I remember my then 10 year old son being so afraid and how truly helpless I felt.
TW, West Columbia: I was 20yrs. old at the time and i remember being woke up by the heavy winds & tree branches hitting up against the house near my room window. I got up and found my mother sitting up in the living room in the dark, so i dragged my blanket & radio along with a flashlight and sat at the end of the hallway near her along with my cat and waited for the storm to end. That morning the streets and my yard were covered with tree branches. We had no power for 3 days and had to drive cross town for food & gas. I remember going to eat breakfast at Shoney's on Bush River Rd. and when we got there you had to take a number and stand in this long line outside. Our side of the street electricity came back on a day sooner than the opposite side of the street and I remember sharing what we had with our neighbors whom had young kids & just coming together as one in a crisis such as that.
DT, West Columbia: What I want to remember most about Hugo is how in the aftermath of the storm people came together in a spirit of generosity and concern for community that we wouldn't see again until 9/11. Isn't it sad that it takes a disaster or a tragedy to cause people to put aside their more petty and selfish attitudes in favor of the common good? But when events like Hugo come along, it's good to know that at least we still can come together.
JS, Columbia: I remember watching in Columbia in Rosewood near Owens Field in the house I was in and very concerned. Afterwards, I remember taking what started out as 10 extra large bags of ice to Charleston for friends and families. We managed to have 3 bags once we arrived.