24 Hours of Hugo: Former city manager recalls city's response to 1989 hurricane

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Friday marks 28 years since Hurricane Hugo made landfall in South Carolina. It's a storm that left its mark on our coast, and changed the way we respond to tropical weather.

Tom Leath was the Myrtle Beach city manager at the time, with less than two years on the job. He spoke to WMBF News Friday morning to take us through 24 hours of Hugo, from the evening before it struck, through the following afternoon.

Below is the transcript of Leath's interview:

We knew it was coming. We knew it was bad. We had made our preparations as best we could.

Leath said it was like that for 16 days in a row, working sun up to sun down. He said one of the biggest difficulties in the days after the storm was getting people back to Myrtle Beach. It was an effort that reshaped how Horry County handles evacuations and re-entry to this day.

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