Yesterday: Hugo left its mark

Published 12:00 am Sunday, September 4, 2011

Retired Post photographer Wayne Hinshaw took this shot not long after Hurricane Hugo swept through Rowan County Sept. 22, 1989. Here, Jake Holshouser of Castor Road near Faith looks over the damage caused when two oaks, each 3 feet across, came crashing down on a carport roof and his 1967 Chevrolet truck parked underneath. Holshouser and his wife, Betty, had a thick forest of tall oaks and pines behind their home that Hugo leveled into a pile of pick-up sticks. “You could hear the popping and cracking,” Betty told the Post of the couple’s fretful night during the storm. “You could tell they were falling. It was really scary.” The destroyed truck, which was close to mint condition, carried only liability insurance, so it was a total loss. A year later, the Post visited Holshouser, who had purchased a 1987 Ford truck and parked it under a new carport.