Mount Pleasant Magazine Sept-Oct 2023

57 | | Emotionally overwhelmed, tri-county residents also had to contend for weeks with driving on busy highways with no functioning traffic lights due to upended utility poles and power outages. That also meant most residents had no power – or air conditioning – for weeks or even months. Daily chores included boiling drinking water on outdoor grills or standing in long lines waiting for a delivery of bottled water to finally arrive at National Guard and Red Cross distribution sites. Cooking on cans of Sterno or charcoal grills, searching for a gas station that was open and actually had electricity to pump gas and finding a grocery store that might be operational because it had a generator were additional challenges. And even then, there was no guarantee there would be any food or supplies left on grocery store shelves. Relying on the newspaper and battery-operated radios, the public hung on every word for the latest updates on when and where help was available. Weeks turned into months for many residents. What had initially seemed like it might be a “minor inconvenience” to some and, for others, maybe even the thrill of meeting Mother Nature face-to-face, quickly turned to stress and anxiety when reality set in. our town ACCESS A PIECE OF HISTORY Step back in time 33 years ago when Hurricane Hugo smashed into the Carolina Coast. This publication documents the destruction and chaos from Charleston to Charlotte. Published 33 years ago by Mount Pleasant Magazine