- September 6th, 2017, 9:47 am
The Family Kingdom park was decimated by Hugo. However, I was there a week later and talked with the security guard. He told me the entire park was a loss except that the Swamp Fox have VERY MINIMAL damage and could probably be back up and running by now (then). That said, when they rebuilt the park, they took the opportunity to refurbish it. (There was probably more damage than the security guard knew about but the fact that it was still there completely intact is a testament to the design and construction.)
Now, HUGO hit Charleston as a cat 5 with 139 MPH winds and was moving at a blistering 18 to 20 knots. The wind-speed was still about 100mph when it reached Charlotte. IRMA is a different beast. It's moving very slow in comparison and will be decimated in intensity by the state of Florida (and maybe Georgia) before getting to South Carolina. I don't see anything other than rain and a bit of wind for Charlotte (if it even comes that way.) It will NOT be a HUGO... not for Charlotte anyway.