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Hugo Leaves Flower Rainbow Along Coast

June 12, 1990

MURRELLS INLET, S.C. (AP) _ Hurricane Hugo left death and destruction along South Carolina’s coast - but also, apparently, a rainbow of flowers.

Beside the creek here, for example, bright petunias bloom in yards where they never were planted by human hands. No one knows for sure where the flowers came from. But many believe Hugo brought them.

″We’ve got all kinds of stuff out of place. That’s the only logical thing for us to come up with,″ said Georgetown County agricultural agent Laval Oxendine.

When Hugo hit in September, the seeds of perennial flowers were mature and soon would have fallen into bed for the winter. But the storm’s flooding and winds spread the seeds all along the coast, Oxendine said.

He said the seeds also may have come from wildflowers being planted to beautify highways.

″(Hugo) brought me a lot of weeds and it killed all my azaleas and it killed all my dogwoods, but now I have a beautiful yard of petunias,″ said Norma Thompson, who lives here.

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