"NOAA [National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration] pronounced 1989's Hurricane Hugo as the strongest storm to strike the United States in 20 years. [...] Hugo's dangerous winds and storm surges had the potential of exacting a heavy death toll in the Carolinas and the Caribbean. Some 216,000 people evacuated from the coasts before the storm struck. The key to these evacuations, which undoubtedly saved hundreds of lives, was communications -- long before Hugo, in the days immediately before the storm and during the event."
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