Hurricane Hugo slammed into the South Carolina coast as a Category 4 hurricane overnight on Sept. 21, 1989.
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In the 30 years since the deadly storm slammed into South Carolina, the population of the state's eight coastal counties has grown 76 percent, and the number of housing units has roughly doubled.
Thirty years ago today, no one was truly prepared for what was about to unfold in the darkness. Slamming ashore north of Charleston just before midnight on Sept. 21, Hurricane Hugo gave everyone a brutal education in the power of storm surge, flooding and wind speeds. And afterward, the greater power of community and small kindnesses.