Hurricane Charley - Supplemental Report
Hurricane Charley caused the
evacuation of about 180,000 people from the Grand Strand as Charley tracked
northeast towards the South Carolina coast, making landfall near Cape Romain as a weak category one
hurricane with sustained winds at 75 mph. The center of Hurricane Charley
brushed the Charleston County coastline before making landfall just north of
Myrtle Beach on the 14th.
The highest wind gusts were
63 mph at the Isle of Palms, 58 mph at Folly Beach, and 51 mph in downtown
Charleston. Storm surge was estimated at 4 to 6 feet over northern Charleston
county from Oyster Landing to the Cape Romain Wildlife Refuge. Radar estimated
around 4 inches of rain fell in around 2 hours in the northern part of the
county in association with Hurricane Charley.
Charley moved up the coast
and then inland around Myrtle Beach. In Horry and Georgetown counties,
insurance claims totaled $5 million, mostly along the Grand Strand. 65,000 residents lost power, and the
estimate for cleanup in Georgetown county was $1.5 million.