A Post Hurricane Hugo Transportation Study

by Hernan E. Peña, Jr., Dept of Traffic and Transportation, Charleston, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Hurricane Hugo One Year Later


Hurricane Hugo will remain in the minds of South Carolinians for many years to come. This hurricane attracted most of the world's attention in 1989 as it devastated every city in its path from San Juan, Puerto Rico to the 'Holy City' of Charleston, South Carolina. Hugo, a category IV hurricane, (the second most powerful classification), moved ashore with high winds on the night of September 21. Tidal surges north of the city were recorded at 19.8 feet and in the peninsula city at 11.8 feet. The hurricane struck at high tide and its recorded diameter was over 500 miles. This report summarizes a study of the effects of Hurricane Hugo on Charleston's transportation infrastructure. A general description of transportation related events, including evacuation and restoration operations, as well as an evaluation of vehicle operating costs after the hurricane is given.

Subject Headings: Hurricanes, typhoons, and cyclones | Transportation studies | Emergency management | Tides | Infrastructure | Evacuation | Floods | Highway and road management | United States | South Carolina | Puerto Rico | Caribbean

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