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Kilzi 1 September of the year 1989 marked a time of fear, disbelief, and loss to millions of human beings. Category 5 Hurricane Hugo devastated the Caribbean and Southeastern United States, with plenty of the damage going to South Carolina and its cities of Charleston and Myrtle Beach. Hugo caused up to 10.5 billion dollars in damages (cost adjusted to year 2000 dollars,) the second most expensive hurricane in United States history. Although things have seemed to return to normal, no one will ever forget the environmental and economical costs that Hugo laid upon us. Hurricane Hugo was one of the most destructive hurricanes that touched upon the U.S. One look at its aftermath will describe the kind of hurricane that Hugo was. At one point after hitting Puerto Rico and before reaching South Carolina, Hugo had reached the intensity of a Category 5 hurricane, the highest category on the Saffir-Simpson scale (“Historic Hurricanes.”) This in great part was due to the fact that the drops in Hugo’s central barometric pressure came down to a low 27.58 inches and had a millibar reading as low as 934. (Longshore 169) Also, according to Allaby, Hurricane Hugo had “. ..winds gusting to 220 mph over the Caribbean Islands and more than 80 mph over the United States. ..” which is unheard of when dealing with hurricanes. (Allaby 107) With all these different elements thrown into this beast named Hugo, it is not shocking when it has been named the 11th strongest hurricane to ever hit the United States between 1900 and 2000. (Capella) The path and life of Hugo was somewhat lengthy as a whole. “This classic Cape Verde hurricane was first detected as a tropical wave emerging from the coast of Africa on September 9.” (“Historic Hurricanes”) The next day it had become a steady tropical depression, and an official tropical storm on the 11th. By the morning of September 13, it had become a Category 1 hurricane, and by the next evening, it had already reached the power and strength of a Category
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Kilzi 2 3 hurricane. These quick and drastic changes in the hurricane’s strength had evacuation officials and police in the Leeward Islands issuing urgent warnings to all the residents of the islands to evacuate immediately. (Barnes 28) In its span, Hugo passed though five main areas: United States; Puerto Rico; U.S. Virgin Islands; Guadeloupe and Mosterrat. Mosterrat and Guadeloupe were the first to be hit hard, followed by the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. At some point as it was over the Caribbean was when Hugo strengthened to a Category 5, making the impact worse then
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