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Hurricane Hugo
Category 5 major hurricane (SSHWS/NWS)
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Hurricane Hugo approaching South Carolina on September 21
Formed September 9, 1989
Dissipated September 25, 1989
Highest winds 1-minute sustained: 160 mph (260 km/h)
Lowest pressure 918 mbar (hPa); 27.11 inHg
Fatalities 76 direct
Damage $10 billion (1989 USD)
Areas affected Guadeloupe, 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.


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

Saffir–Simpson Hurricane Scale
TD TS C1 C2 C3 C4 C5

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