Hurricane History

Forecasters warn Irene could get worse.

The storm is likely to strengthen into a Category 4 monster by the time it makes landfall in the U.S. this weekend.

Irene could crawl up the coast Sunday toward the Northeast region, where residents aren't accustomed to such storms.

It's been more seven years since a major hurricane, considered a Category 3 with winds of at least 111 mph, hit the East Coast. Hurricane Jeanne came ashore on Florida's east coast in 2004.

The last hurricane to hit the U.S. was Ike in 2008. The last Category 3 or higher to hit the Carolinas was Bonnie in 1998, but caused less damage than other memorable hurricanes: Hugo in 1989, Floyd in 1999 and Isabel in 2003.

Though a Category 2, Isabel cut a new inlet through Hatteras Island and killed 33 people.


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  • by Derek Location: Snow Hill, North Carolina on Aug 24, 2011 at 01:13 PM
    I wrote a paper for a history class at ECU on North Carolina hurricanes a few years ago. My findings were that the lower category storms traveled much slower than the higher ones causing more damage due to flooding (more rain than faster traveling storms,) and constant wind, etc.
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      by Ed Zackary on Aug 24, 2011 at 04:43 PM in reply to Derek
      Storms like Bertha in 1996 dumped 7 inches of rain in some areas and the wind (around 100mph) blew all night long. A strong wind had not hit the New Bern area in many years before and the trees had lots of growth resulting in major power outages for several days due to trees snapping off and downing power lines. The power loss was the WORST thing about the storm. No power for 4-5 days....in the heat & humidity of late summer.....no A/C, living out of a cooler, grilling everything...yuck!
  • by aniyah Location: fresstone road on Aug 24, 2011 at 06:44 AM
    I'm scared because I have never been in a catagory 3 hurricane. My main question is:WHAT DO MY FAMILY AND I DO?
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      by Sunshine on Aug 24, 2011 at 10:56 AM in reply to aniyah
      Trust and believe in the LORD JESUS CHRIST !!! And Pray God hears all prayers big or small!!!
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        by Anonymous on Aug 24, 2011 at 01:24 PM in reply to Sunshine
        For my sake, I hope Darwin was right when it comes to people like you.
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        by OBXFAN on Aug 24, 2011 at 01:45 PM in reply to Sunshine
        Why what is that gonna do?
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      by granny on Aug 24, 2011 at 12:36 PM in reply to aniyah
      sit on the porch and watch it, that ought to be easy enough
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      by Bob on Aug 24, 2011 at 02:07 PM in reply to aniyah
      If you live in a good, strong house or apartment, there's really no problem. The biggest issue might be power failure. Have some food on hand that you can eat without cooking. A battery powered radio is a good idea. If you use candles for light, be REAL CAREFUL that you don't set something (like your house) on fire with them.
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