September 21, 1989

1989: Through 15 November, 128 aircraft from MAC and SAC provided relief to Hugo’s victims in the Lesser Antilles and South Carolina. The aircraft carried over 3,300 people and 8,200 tons of supplies. An RF-4C from Shaw AFB carried the Commander of the Air National Guard aloft to view the damage and was the first aircraft to fly after the cleanup allowed the reopening of skies in the Southeast. Changes in broader weather patterns caused Hugo to take an accelerated northwestward trajectory towards the Southeastern U.S., culminating in Hugo’s landfall on Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina, as a Category 4 hurricane on September 21. The storm weakened inland and accelerated north, transitioning into an extratropical cyclone on September 23 before it was last noted in the far northern Atlantic on September 25.