Structural Engineering Lessons Learned From Hurricane Hugo

by Bobby L. Curry, Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Charleston, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Hurricane Hugo One Year Later


Hurricane Hugo purported to be 'The Storm of The Century' caused considerable property damage over a tremendously large area effecting nearly everyone and every thing it touched. We saw, first hand, the destruction and property losses caused by this major disaster. It is estimated that six billion dollars in damage occurred in South Carolina (one billion dollars of destruction per hour for the six hours it moved through the state). It is estimated that of this amount the military facilities at Charleston Naval Activities and Shaw AFB suffered two hundred million dollars in damages. These damages involved 845 industrial facilities, 34 of which were mission critical, and 4,316 housing units.

Subject Headings: Hurricanes, typhoons, and cyclones | Structural engineering | Building design | Military engineering | Industrial facilities | Structural design | Failure analysis | Structural failures | South Carolina | United States

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