The Great Sea Island Storm

The Great Sea Island Storm (HM5JY)

Location: St Helena Island, SC 29920 Beaufort County
Country: United States of America

N 32° 23.295', W 80° 34.605'

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On the night of August 27, 1893, ahuge "tropical cyclone," the largestand most powerful storm to hit S.C.until Hurricane Hugo in 1989, madelandfall just E of Savannah, Ga.With gusts as high as 120 mph and astorm surge as 12 ft., the worstof the storm struck the Sea Islands nearBeaufort - St. Helena, Hilton Head,Daufuskie, Parris and smaller islands were devastated.
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The storm killed more than 2,000 and left more than 70,000 destitute incoastal S.C. and Ga. Losses in livesand property were most catastrophicamong blacks who were former slaves or their descendants. ClaraBarton and the American Red Crosslaunched a massive relief effort, the first after a hurricane in U.S. history.Donations in 1893-94 fed, clothed,and sheltered thousands.
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HM NumberHM5JY
Series This marker is part of the South Carolina: Beaufort County Historical Society series
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Marker Number7-32
Year Placed2008
Placed ByBeaufort County Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, October 5th, 2014 at 3:49pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 539809 N 3583550
Decimal Degrees32.38825000, -80.57675000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 23.295', W 80° 34.605'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 23' 17.70" N, 80° 34' 36.30" W
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Area Code(s)843
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 98-114 Dr Martin Luther King Jr Dr, St Helena Island SC 29920, US
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