- Associated Press - Saturday, September 20, 2014

CAMDEN, S.C. (AP) - Some 300 members of the volunteer South Carolina State Guard are gathering for a six-mile hike as preparation for hurricane relief.

Guard spokesman Scott Malyerck says the group starts at 8 a.m. Saturday at the Camden National Guard Armory on Ehrenchlou Drive.

Participants are hiking with 45-pound back backs filled with supplies that would be brought into an area made impassable in the aftermath of a storm or natural disaster.

Sunday is the 25th anniversary of Hurricane Hugo, which slammed into the South Carolina coast as a Category 4 storm in 1989 with sustained 138 mph winds.

Hugo slashed through the state, causing 13 deaths and some $6 billion in damage in 1989 dollars.

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