Some our the Carolina's strongest hurricanes have occurred after the season's peak

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Hurricane season peaked technically on September 10th but historically some of our worst storms have been after that date

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — September 10th was the peak of hurricane season. But that now means we are heading into the second half of the season where over 60% of all hurricanes occur in September and October.

And historically here in the Carolina’s, some our worst have happened after that peak date. Here are some notable names.

SEPTEMBER 13, 1984 – Hurricane Diana

Hurricane Diana became a hurricane on September 10th but officially made landfall 3 days later around Wilmington, North Carolina with sustained winds at 100 mph. Diana had a unique path making a loop back through North Carolina after it made landfall only adding to the flooding.

SEPTEMBER 14, 2018 – Hurricane Florence

Hurricane Florence took the title from Floyd for the most rain dumped in North Carolina from a Tropical System. Florence peaked as a category 4 hurricane but made landfall as a category 1 in Wilmington,NC. Florence was responsible for record flooding all the way up to the Charlotte area.  

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SEPTEMBER 16, 1999 – Hurricane Floyd

Hurricane Floyd made landfall with a 10-15 foot storm surge along the Crystal coast and winds gusting over 110 mph as a Category 2 storm. A lot of eastern North Carolina got over 20 inches or rain as Floyd moved north.

SEPTEMBER 22, 1989 – Hurricane Hugo

Hurricane Hugo is the strongest hurricane to ever make landfall in the Carolina’s. Peak winds around Charleston, SC were estimated to be 135-140 mph. The forward speed Hugo made at landfall allowed Hugo to spread hurricane force winds across much of the Carolina’s including the Charlotte area.

SEPTEMBER 29, 1959 – Hurricane Gracie

Before Hugo, Hurricane Gracie was the last major hurricane to strike South Carolina. Studies later reanalyzed Gracie to be a category 4 storm at landfall with winds over 130 mph.

October 8, 2016 – Hurricane Matthew

Hurricane Matthew made landfall in South Carolina but continued to ride along the coast slowly. Matthew was a weak category 1 hurricane at landfall but Matthew is better known for its flooding than intense wind speeds. NOAA deemed Matthew as a 1 in a 1000 year flood at the time.

October 15, 1954 – Hurricane Hazel

Hurricane Hazel made landfall on this date right along the North and South Carolina border. The storm surge created was the worst ever recorded at the time in North Carolina. 

We are not saying any storms of this magnitude are set for the Carolina’s on this record pace season, but the Tropics are very active right now. We will continue to keep you updated as the Tropics will still be busy over the next couple months.

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