Damage from Hurricane Hugo remembered 26 years later

Published: Sep. 23, 2015 at 12:00 AM EDT|Updated: Oct. 3, 2015 at 12:00 AM EDT
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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - South Carolina was left battered and, in some cases, bloody back in 1989 when Hurricane Hugo passed through.

The Palmetto State was stunned by the damage left as the devastating storm ripped through the state from the Lowcountry to the Midlands before making its way up to the Charlotte area.

Hundreds of homes were damaged and about 228,000 utility customers lost power and many did not get it back for days and even weeks.

The track of the storm took it just east of the Columbia area. At that point, the wins were still in excess of 100 miles per hour.

Hugo took out thousands of trees including $1 billion worth in the Francis Marion Forest.

More than 300,000 suffered injuries and there was at least one fatality.

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