Hurricane History Since 1985

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1985 – Gloria
Sept 16 – Oct 2

Max Wind Speed: 144 mph
  •  Landfall: Hatteras – 9/26/85
  • Category 2 at Landfall with a 6 – 8 ft Storm Surge and 104 mph winds
1985 – Kate
Nov 15 – Nov 23

Max Wind Speed: 123 mph
  • Landfall in Florida
  • Affected NC 11/22/85
  • Tropical Storm when arrived in NC with 52 mph winds
1991 – Bob
Aug 16 – Aug 29

Max Wind Speed: 115 mph
  • Never made landfall in NC Reached Category 3 off of NC Coast
  • Hit North Carolina 8/19/91
1993 – Emily
Aug 22 –Sept 6

Max Wind Speed: 115 mph
  • Never made landfall in NC
  • Reached Category 3 off of coast
  • Affected NC 8/31/93
  • Evacuation – all of Dare County
  • Estimated $12 million in damages
1996 – Bertha
July 5 – July 17

Max Wind Speed: 115 mph
  • Landfall: Topsail Beach 7/13/96
  • Category 2 at landfall with 104 mph winds and a 5 ft Storm surge
  • Evacuation – all of Dare County
1996 – Fran
Aug 23 – Sept 10

Max wind Speed: 121 mph
  • Landfall: Cape Fear
  • Category 3 at landfall with 115 mph winds and an 8-12 ft storm surge
  • No evacuations in Dare County
1998 – Bonnie
Aug 19 – Aug 31

Max Wind Speed: 115 mph
  • Landfall: Cape Fear
  • Category 3 at landfall 6-8 ft storm surge
  • Evacuation – all of Dare County
1998 – Earl
Aug 31 – Sept 8

Max Wind Speed: 98 mph
  •  Tropical Storm when reached NC
1999 – Dennis
Aug 24 – Sept 8

Max Wind Speed: 104 mph
  • Landfall: Dare County 9/14/99
  • Tropical Storm at landfall 69 mph winds
  • Evacuation – all of Dare County
  • Estimated $10 million in damages
1999 – Floyd
Sept 7 – Sept 19

Max Wind Speed: 155 mph
  • Landfall: Topsail Island 9/16/99
  • Category 2 at landfall with 109 mph winds
  • Evacuation – all of Dare County
2003 – Isabel
Sept 7 – Sept 29

Max Wind Speed: 160 mph
  • Landfall: Drum Inlet 9/18/03
  • Category 2 at landfall with 104 mph winds and 6 – 10 ft storm surge
  • Created breech in island between Frisco and Hatteras Village
  • Evacuation – all of Dare County
  • Estimated $400 million in damages
2004 – Alex
Aug 3
  • Category 2 at the time of landfall
  • Caused sound side flooding
  • Most damage in the form of flooding damage to cars and homes
  • Estimated $2.4 million in damages
2005 – Ophelia
Sept 13 – Sept 16

Max Wind Speed: 85 mph
  • Passed NC Coast as a Tropical Storm
  • Evacuation – Hatteras Island only
  • Estimated $19,500 in damages
2010 – Earl
Aug 25- Sept 5

Max Wind Speed: 145 mph
  • Passed 100 miles off of the NC Coast
  • Evacuation - all of Hatteras Island and Ocean front of all towns
  • Estimated $500,000 in damages
2011 – Irene
Aug 20 – Aug 28

Max Wind Speed: 120 mph
 
  • Landfall just south of the Outer Banks
  • Evacuation all of Dare County
  • Significant flooding
  • Estimated Damages: $53,975,960
2012 – Sandy
Oct 25 – Oct 31

Max Wind Speed: 70 mph
 
  • Significant road damage to NC 12 in Kitty Hawk and Rodanthe
  • 7-8 inches of rainfall
  • Emergency ferry activation due to NC 12 road damage
  • Estimated Damages: $13+ million
2014 – Arthur
July 3 – July 4

Max Wind Speed: 101 mph
  • Category 2 at landfall
  • Earliest hurricane on record
  • Landfall between Cape Lookout and Beaufort
  • Mandatory evacuation issued for Hatteras Island

2016 - Matthew 
October 8 – October 9

Max Wind Speed: 94 mph

  •  Category 1 at landfall in South Carolina
  • NWS reported rainfall 9.53 inches 
  • Estimated damaged: $52.2 million