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Hurricane Matthew: By the numbers

By the numbers: Hurricane Matthew's devastation on Beaufort County

Hurricane Matthew took an immense toll on Beaufort County on Oct. 8. Here is a numerical breakdown of the historic storm with statistics from the National Weather Service and Beaufort County Assessor Gary James.
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Hurricane Matthew took an immense toll on Beaufort County on Oct. 8. Here is a numerical breakdown of the historic storm with statistics from the National Weather Service and Beaufort County Assessor Gary James.

Matthew was the deadliest Atlantic hurricane since Stan in 2005.

It was the first hurricane to make landfall in South Carolina since Gaston in 2004.

And USA Today reported it dumped enough rain to fill the Rose Bowl 163,000 times.

Here’s a breakdown of damages, weather records, fatalities in Beaufort County, statewide and nationally.

Hurricane Matthew in Beaufort County

Highest wind speed: 88 mph on Hilton Head Island

Tallest storm surge: The closest instrument to measure the surge, at Fort Pulaski, recorded a 12.5 foot surge, a record for that tidal gauge.

Total rainfall: 14.04 inches

Closest storm came to county: Five to 10 miles offshore from Hilton Head Island

When peak of storm hit: 5 a.m. Oct. 8

Category: 2

(Source: National Weather Service)

Hurricane Matthew in South Carolina

Highest wind gusts: 88 mph on Hilton Head Island

Most rainfall: 14.04 inches in Beaufort County

Closest storm came to state: made landfall just north of Charleston in McClellanville

Category: 1 for most of its path, aside from Beaufort County

(Source: National Weather Service)

Hurricane Matthew in US

Highest wind speed: 107 mph at USAF Tower in Florida

Most rainfall: 17.49 inches at Hunter Army Airfield in Chatham County, Ga.

Category: 4 when it was 75 miles off the coast of south Florida

(Source: National Weather Service)

Evacuations

Beaufort County: Beaufort County Sheriff's Office Emergency Management Division Commander Lt. Neil Baxley said there is no way to provide an estimate on the number of residents who evacuated the county for the storm.

South Carolina: 350,000

(Source: S.C. Emergency Management Division)

$51.6M Estimated damage

1,979 Number of damaged buildings

96 Buildings with more than 50% damage(Source: Beaufort County Assessor’s Office)

Peak Reported Power Outage Estimates

Beaufort County: 80,000

South Carolina: 834,000

US:

▪  Florida: 1,000,000

▪  Georgia: 342,000

▪  North Carolina: 800,000+

(Source: Gov. Nikki Haley, Georgia Power, Florida Power & Light, WNCN)

222 Beaufort County

748 Jasper County

6,733 South Carolina(Source: S.C. Department of Social Services)

Number of Estimated Fatalities*

Beaufort County: 0

U.S.: 46

▪  Florida: 12

▪  Georgia: 3

▪  South Carolina: 4

▪  North Carolina: 26

▪  Virginia: 1

Worldwide: 1,000

(Source: New York Times)

*Preliminary Estimates as of Oct. 18

An earlier version of this story stated the tallest storm surge in the US was measured at the Lumber River in Lumberton, N.C. This was a river surge, not a storm surge.

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