Dare County hurricane history since 1985

Published 1:00 am Friday, June 1, 2018

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 – Hermine

August 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

October 7 – October 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