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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 $167 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 – Hermine
Aug 28 - Sept 3

Max Wind Speed: 73 mph
  • Category 1 with tropical sustained winds
  • Extensive flooding in villages on Hatteras Island
  • Storm surge of 4 feet about normal tide
  • Estimated storm damages: $5.4 million
2016 – Matthew
Oct 7 - Oct 9

Max Wind Speed: 94 mph
  • Category 1 with landfall in South Carolina
  • Highest Dare County wind reported at 94 mph
  • NWS reported rainfall 12+ inches in Kill Devil Hills
  • Estimated statewide damages: $1.5 billion
2017 – Maria
Sept 25 - Sept 27

Max Wind Speed: 75 mph
  • Category 1
  • State of Emergency Declared
  • Mandatory evacuation of visitors on Hatteras Island
  • No estimate of damages available
2018 Florence
Sept 12 - Sept 15 
  • Category 1 at landfall near Wrightsville Beach
  • Mandatory Evacuation all of Dare County
  • Minimal impacts in Dare County
  • Estimated statewide damages: $17+ billion
2018 – Michael
Oct 11 - Oct 12
  • Category 4 at landfall near Mexico Beach, Florida
  • Michael weakened to Tropical Storm and moved across inland portions of North Carolina
  • Wind gusts to 74 mph were observed in Kitty Hawk.
  • $7 million in damage from 2 to 4 feet of above ground soundside flooding, biggest impacts in Manteo, Kitty Hawk, and Kill Devil Hills. 
2019 Dorian 
September 6
  • Category 1 at landfall on Cape Hatteras
  • 101 mph winds recorded at Cape Hatteras
  • 4-7 feet of storm surge impacted Hatteras Island villages 
  • Over $14.8 million in damages across Dare County