Tropical Storm Irma did its damage but likely won't rank among the worst storms to smack South Carolina in recent years. Here's a comparison with storms past.

Tropical Storm Irma, September 2017*

Cost: Possibly $1 billion to $2 billion, according to an early estimate by Moody's Analytics analyst Adam Kamins.

Deaths: 4

Winds/storm surge: 50 mph/9.92 feet

Heaviest recorded rain: 8.86 inches

Evacuation called for: 44,457 people

*preliminary numbers

Hurricane Matthew, October 2016

Cost: $64 million

Deaths: 4

Winds/storm surge: 88 mph/9.29 feet

Heaviest recorded rain: 17.49 inches

Evacuation called for: 1.1 million

Floods of October 2015

Cost: $100 million-plus

Deaths: 19

Heaviest recorded rain: 21.49 inches

Evacuation: 20,000

Hurricane Floyd, September 1999

Cost: $60 million

Winds/storm surge: 81 mph gusts/7.28 feet

Heaviest recorded rain: 15 inches

Evacuation called for: 3 million

Hurricane Hugo, September 1989

Cost: $7 billion

Deaths: 13

Winds/storm surge: 138 mph, 160 mph gusts/16 feet

Heaviest recorded rain: 10.28

Evacuation: 264,000

Sources: National Weather Service, S.C. Climate Office, S.C. Emergency Management Division, Moody's Analytics, The Post and Courier archives


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