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Friday, September 19, 2014 - Remembering the 25th anniversary of Hurricane Hugo

CHARLESTON (Sept. 19, 2014) – Just before midnight on Sept. 21, 1989, Hurricane Hugo barreled into Charleston as a Category 4 hurricane.

Hurricane Hugo destroyed homes, killed residents and changed our lives forever.

On the 25th anniversary of the storm, we remember Hurricane Hugo and how it affected our Roper St. Francis Healthcare family.

The heroic efforts of David Johns, who retired a few years ago, to hand pump fuel for Roper Hospital's generators that provided power to our  intensive care units, life support machines, operating rooms and emergency lights.

This State article gives the first-hand account of Dr. Vic Weinstein, Roper Hospital's former chief of obstetrics, who rode out the storm with his patients in the hospital. Feel free to share your memories of Hurricane Huge in the space below.

About Roper St. Francis Healthcare
Roper St. Francis Healthcare is the Lowcountry’s only private, not-for-profit healthcare provider. The healthcare system has an active medical staff of more than 800 doctors representing every medical specialty, and it provides services in more than 100 locations in seven counties. Learn more at

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