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Hurricane Season Starts Sunday, 25 Years Since Hugo

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The Atlantic Hurricane season begins Sunday, June 1 and runs through November 30. This year marks 25 years since Hurricane Hugo made landfall in South Carolina and moved into Charlotte.

Before Hurricane Hugo, no one ever thought a storm would travel so far inland with so much power.

Joe Wade Jr. lives in Lancaster. He described the night Hugo hit Lancaster. He said, “One of the most terrible nights I ever witnessed in my life. It was terrible and scary.”

Otto Reynolds lives in Lincolnton. He also described what happened when Hugo came roaring through. Reynolds was at the hospital. His son had been born just a few days earlier. Reynolds said, “I was sleeping in the waiting room, and I heard a big sucking wind sound, and I opened up the door to the hallway and the whole window had blown out.”

Reynolds said he ended up helping out the hospital staff. He said, “They had me fill in feeding some babies and changing them and stuff like that, so I’ll always remember Hurricane Hugo.”

Hugo was still a hurricane when it hit Charlotte, 200 miles inland. People lost power for weeks and massive trees came crashing down.

Matt Eastin, an Assistant Professor in UNCC’s Department of Geography and Earth Sciences, said, “We’ve had plenty of hurricanes that have moved far inland, but they haven’t maintained the winds up to like 90 miles an hour that we had here in the Charlotte area. That was kind of the unique aspect.”

As hurricane season gears up this year, NOAA is predicting a below average season, but experts warn you should still be ready. Eastin said, “It only takes one storm to hit your area for it to be a catastrophic season for a particular community.”

Wade says, “Anytime I hear a hurricane, which is a good thing to know that they’re coming, no matter where they are, I’m watching. We’re watching.”

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