It's been 55 years since Beaufort County's last big hit by a hurricane.
That came in 1959, with Hurricane Gracie. The storm packed 145 mph winds, caused four local deaths and caused $1.5 million in damages in Beaufort and Jasper counties, according to a Beaufort Gazette article published on the 30-year anniversary of the hurricane.
In 1893, a hurricane made landfall in Georgia just south of Beaufort, according to the Beaufort County library website. The site says the hurricane also hit the Sea Islands, then blew through the middle of the state. More than 1,000 people were killed, and thousands more were evacuated from the Sea Islands by boat.
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The county has also had some evacuations for hurricanes headed our way that changed course:
1979: Hilton Head Island evacuated for Hurricane David, but was spared.
1989: Hurricane Hugo hit 35 miles north of Charleston in McClellanville with winds up to 130 mph. Although Hugo headed straight for Beaufort County, most local residents returning after the evacuation found their property unharmed.
1999: The area's greatest recent exodus came as a result of Hurricane Floyd, which caused more than 2 million evacuees from Florida to the Virginia border. Beaufort County was spared. Floyd killed at least 68 people, 41 of them in North Carolina.
2004: The last evacuation of any kind for Beaufort County was in 2004, when Gov. Mark Sanford called for a voluntary evacuation for Hurricane Charley.