Hurricanes in the Beaufort Area
Major Category 4 & 5 hurricanes in the Beaufort and Hilton Head area are rare, but may occur with the next storm. With each new season, the Beaufort area becomes a real target. Beaufort has been hit by some very strong Category 2 and 3 storms and suffered accordingly. The last major killer hurricane was August 27th, 1893 which killed more than 2,000 people and destroyed much of the area.
Beaufort was the National Weather Center predicted "landing spot" for Hurricane Hugo. The winds were just beginning to be felt here, but at the last minute... Hugo veered towards and hit north of Charleston. Many area people had evacuated to Charleston. Hurricane Hugo caused over 7 Billion dollars in damage and killed more than 20 people. Had Hugo hit Savannah, Beaufort or Hilton Head Island, the damage would have been catastrophic and many people would have been killed. The information on our hurricane section may save your life... please read all of it and apply the information!
Hurricane Shelters in the Beaufort Area
There are no safe shelters for a category 3, 4 and 5 hurricane in the Beaufort, Bluffton and Hilton Head area. Nowhere is safe here!
With the increased population in the Beaufort and Hilton Head Island area, along with the increased number of homes in low lying waterfront, marsh and beach settings, the damage and loss of life could become catastrophic should a massive category 4 or 5 storm hit us. Although there are established evacuation routes, these will quickly become clogged with slow moving traffic, as many people leave too late. In other words, leave too late and you may be stuck in the storm!
Major Hurricane Parties
My own definition: "A party given by naive individuals who have a desire to have other naive individuals die with them"