Fact or Fiction?

Fact or Fiction:

Hurricanes have never been a threat to Winthrop due to Rock Hill’s location being a hundred miles inland.

Hurricane Hugo Damage - September 1989
Hurricane Hugo Damage – September 1989

Fiction:

On September 21, 1989, Hurricane Hugo made landfall 180 miles away in Charleston, S.C. and hit Winthrop’s campus early in the morning on September 22, 1989. Wind gusts were still reaching 100 mph and inflicted well over $1 million in damages to the campus. Over 200 trees were uprooted, and buildings were damaged and flooded which permanently altered the campus landscape. While Winthrop’s power was restored after just 14 hours much of the surrounding Rock Hill was without power for up to three weeks later. So despite being so far from the sea hurricanes can still pose a threat to Winthrop.

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