Hurricane Hugo

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Hurricane Hugo
Category 5 major hurricane (SSHWS/NWS)
Hurricane Hugo approaching South Carolina on September 21
FormedSeptember 9, 1989
DissipatedSeptember 25, 1989
Highest winds1-minute sustained: 160 mph (260 km/h)
Lowest pressure918 mbar (hPa); 27.11 inHg
Fatalities76 direct
Damage$10 billion (1989 USD)
Areas affectedGuadeloupe, Montserrat, Dominica, British Virgin Islands, U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, North Carolina, most of eastern North America
Part of the 1989 Atlantic hurricane season

Hurricane Hugo was a powerful Category 5 hurricane that struck Guadeloupe, Montserrat, Puerto Rico, St. Croix, South Carolina and North Carolina in September of the 1989 Atlantic hurricane season, killing 82 people and leaving 100,000 homeless. At the time, Hurricane Hugo left the most damage for a hurricane in the Atlantic Ocean, although other storms have since caused more destruction. Hugo is currently the tenth costliest hurricane in the United States.

Retirement[change | change source]

The name Hugo was retired. The name Humberto has been used every six years since 1995 instead.

Tropical cyclones of the 1989 Atlantic hurricane season

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