North Carolina-Hurricane Hugo-September 25

North Carolina People, Places, and Things-September 25

I am the dad to five adult children. As they were growing up I attempted to remind them they were special and to implore them to learn something new. My goal was to do that daily.

In 2016 my goal is to learn something new daily on the people, places, and things that make North Carolina special. Everyday this year I am doing a post on what I have learned new.

In September 1989 I was a college head basketball coach getting ready to begin practice the next month. I was busy recruiting, planning out practice plans, being a dad and husband, and also getting ready to do a basketball clinic at Belmont Abbey College on Saturday September 23rd.

All of that changed early in the morning on Friday September 22, 1989 when Hurricane Hugo made landfall in Charleston, SC and raced thru the Midlands of South Carolina and arrived in Charlotte around 3:00 AM.


What Hugo did to Charleston might be expected but what it did to Charlotte, Hickory, Southwest Virginia, and West Virginia was a surprise.

It was a shock when the basketball coach at Belmont Abbey told me the clinic was cancelled because their campus looked like a bomb had exploded from Hugo. Uptown Charlotte and all the wonderful trees in the Queen City all took a big hit. Over 700,00 residents were without power. It would take three weeks before everyone got power back.


Found a nice special on Hugo on YouTube





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