- Associated Press - Thursday, October 27, 2016

BEAUFORT, S.C. (AP) - New research shows that Hurricane Matthew dealt an almost $20 million hit to the tourism industry on Hilton Head Island.

The research was compiled by John Salazar, the director of USC-Beaufort’s Lowcountry and Resort Islands Tourism Institute, as well as Clemson research economist Rob Carey.

The researchers issued a news release estimating the total economic loss to tourism as a result of the weeklong mandatory evacuation of the resort island at $19.6 million.

The storm earlier this month battered Hilton Head and officials say an estimated 3,700 structures on the island suffered some damage.

Almost 400 of them had substantial damage amounting to more than half the assessed value of the building.

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