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Hurricane Hugo

''Satellite image of Hurricane Hugo on September 21

Hugo (September 13-September 22, 1989) was a hurricane that originated in Africa and made landfall on the evening of the 21st just northeast of Charleston, South Carolina, heading toward Charlotte, North Carolina. On the coast it destroyed many houses, piled boats on top of each other, and left Sullivan's Island and the Isle of Palms disconnected. By the time it reached Charlotte, it was still strong enough to topple many trees across roads and houses and leave many without power for as long as a week.

Hurricane Hugo was first detected, as a thunderstorm, near Cape Verde, Africa, on September 9. Moving westward, it was declared a tropical storm on September 11, and declared a hurricane on the 13th.

Hurricane Hugo caused much devastation in places such as Guadeloupe, the Leeward Islands, St. Croix, and Puerto Rico, where six people died on September 18th.