Historic East Coast Storm Remembered Today

This week commemorates the anniversary of a tremendous storm along the North Carolina coast. During the first week of March, 1962, a severe storm raged along the Atlantic coast. The great Atlantic storm caused more than 200 million dollars property damage from Florida to New England. Winds along the Middle Atlantic Coast, including coastal North Carolina, reached 70 mph raising forty foot waves. As much as 33 inches of snow blanketed the mountains of Virginia. The Virginia shoreline was rearranged by historic tidal flooding caused by the combination of the long stretch of strong onshore winds and the higher astronomical spring tides. It was considered one of the worst storms ever along the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

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