1954: A Hurricane Season for the record books…


1954 was one of the most unusual years in the history of the Atlantic hurricane season. Of the seven hurricanes that formed, three affected the state of North Carolina. The first was Hurricane Carol, which passed just east of Cape Hatteras in August before striking New England as a Category 3 hurricane.

Just a few weeks later, Hurricane Edna followed nearly the same course- skirting the Outer Banks before making landfall as a hurricane in New England.

After avoiding a direct landfall, luck finally ran out for the state of North Carolina in October when Hurricane Hazel paid a visit. The only official Category 4 hurricane at landfall in our state, it also became one of the latest tropical systems to ever affect North Carolina- striking on October 15. It just goes to show you- the hurricane season lasts through November for a reason.

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