House stands ready for hurricane season

hurricane home

Jim Stallworth stands outside his Adams Creek home. The home, with its circular design, was specifically built to withstand hurricane-force winds. Forecasters believe the 2014 hurricane season will be at or below average for the number of storms.

Drew C. Wilson/Havelock News
Published: Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at 05:41 PM.

When Hurricane Hugo swept into South Carolina in 1989, high winds and storm surge damaged thousands of homes.

In the aftermath of the Category 4 storm, Jim Stallworth went to check on his parents’ home in Charleston, S.C. The hurricane flooded the home, but it was otherwise still standing.

On nearby Isle of Palms, closer to the ocean, nearly every structure had been destroyed.

“I’m from Charleston, and when Hurricane Hugo came, a lot of damage was done to the peninsula and the surrounding area,” Stallworth said.

However, on the heavily damaged Isle of Palms, a barrier island located on the ocean, Stallworth said he noticed that a couple of homes had survived the storm.

“It was my understanding that only two homes in the area had no structural damage and both of those were built by Deltec,” he said.

Deltec is one of a number of manufacturers that construct homes specifically designed to withstand hurricane-force winds.

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