Now that we are in the second half of September, we are past what is the traditional peak in the Atlantic hurricane season. However, that doesn't mean we can breath a sigh of relief just yet. Hurricanes can still impact North Carolina during the fall months. One of the worst hurricanes in North Carolina history, Hurricane Hazel, made landfall on October 15, 1954. Hazel produced wind gusts of 90mph in the Triangle.
Meteorologist Jeff Orrock with the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Raleigh sent us an e-mail this week with more information on tropical activity in the fall months in North Carolina. Here's a map Jeff provided with all of the storms that have impacted our state in October and November from 1852 through 2007: