June 16, 2009
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford
has told coastal residents that state and local governments are
prepared to deal with hurricanes but people must do their part as
Sanford is touring the coast to discuss hurricane preparedness.
This year is the 20th anniversary of Hurricane Hugo, a Category 4
storm that smashed into Charleston in 1989.
Sanford said Monday that 2009 is supposed to be an average
season, but people shouldn't be complacent. He said it was also an
average season in 1992 when Hurricane Andrew struck south Florida.
South Carolina has 247 storm shelters, nine more than last year.
Sanford says the increase is due, in part, to the bad economy with
officials expecting more folks to head to shelters instead of
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