Sunday Story: Remembering a Hurricane

You all be safe in the heat today. We broke a record high of 87 yesterday and every record for the next several days is in jeopardy, as we flirt with 90 degrees through Thursday! In fact, we’re on track to record the hottest October high temperature since records have been kept for Crossville. Nashville will do the same.

Slim rain chances and very hot temperatures are the headlines this week. Thankfully, it looks like a cold front will drop our highs to near 80 degrees next weekend! Unfortunately, that cold front currently looks to be a rather dry one. Prepare to be dry for a long time, folks.

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And now, for today’s Sunday Story! I hope you all enjoy!

Remembering Hugo

Most people remember a weather event that they will never forget. Whether it is an ice storm, a big snow, or a tornado, these events leave an impression on you. 

Hurricane Hugo is such an event for me. Sure, the storm hit hundreds of miles away from here, but that didn’t matter to a little boy who was already learning to love the weather.

This September marks the 30th anniversary of Hugo. The storm devastated parts of South Carolina. This was the strongest hurricane to hit a populated coastline in the US since Camille hit the Gulf Coast in 1969. 

I had asked Santa for my own TV for my bedroom in the Christmas of 1988.. I had two younger brothers and the idea of having the freedom to watch my own TV in my own bedroom was about the most genius idea I had ever had. I could watch what I want, when I want, on my very own 13 inch black and white TV. 

Hugo came along that next September. He had devastated parts of the Caribbean and the US was next. The night Hugo began roaring ashore I begged mom and dad to let me stay up and watch it on my little TV. They agreed. I stayed glued to that TV for as long as I could stay awake.

Hugo was the costliest storm to hit the US up until that time. That has certainly changed now, even with inflation factored in.

We are in the peak weeks of hurricane season and more hurricanes are sure to develop. We hope they stay out at sea, but if they don’t, perhaps another little boy or girl will find interest in the storm and become forever amazed and intrigued at what nature can do. 

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