The strongest hurricane in the last 100 years hit Eastern North Carolina in October.
We have passed the midway mark of the tropical season and there haven't been any hurricane hits along the North Carolina coast. Hanna came close with her 70 mph winds but she was not an Isabel, Floyd or Fran. We have certainly been fortunate to miss the big storms since 2003. Most of us are still asking whether we could still get a big one before the season is over. It is true that many of our strongest hurricanes have come during the month of September. However, for those who are old enough to remember, we had the strongest hurricane in the last 100 years on October 15, 1954. Hurricane Hazel hit the North Carolina coast on the border of South Carolina. The storm moved northward along Interstate 95 before heading quickly north into Virginia, near the Henderson area. The storm brought wind gusts over 100 mph to nearly every county along and east of Interstate 95 to the North Carolina coast. Yes, we have been lucky so far but it is too early to think the season is over.