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History of Hurricanes

The South Carolina "Official Hurricane Season" begins June 1 and ends November 30. Occasionally, tropical storm systems begin earlier and end later. 

Between 1850 and 2001, 24 Tropical Storms have passed through (direct hit) Beaufort County. These include Hurricanes, Tropical Storms, Tropical Depressions, Subtropical Storms and Depressions, and Extra-Tropical Storms. There were 8 Hurricane strength storms, 10 Tropical Storms and 6 other storms tropical in nature. The Town of Hilton Head Island can also be impacted by storms that do not provide a direct hit or pass relatively close (near miss). Between 1850 and 2001, storms that passed within 50 miles of Beaufort County include 25 Hurricanes, 39 Tropical Storms and 17 other storms tropical in nature.

Since 1804, 12 Hurricanes have had impact on Beaufort County, the last being Hurricane Hugo in 1989 which did not leave damage to the Island but due to a mandatory evacuation, left an economic toll on the tourist industry.

Category
Winds
Examples
1
74-95
David (SC)
2
96-110
Dennis (NC)
3
111-130
Floyd (SC)
4
131-1555
Hugo (SC)
5
Greater than 155
Camille (MS)