I-40 Flooded during Hurricane Florence (2018)
I-40 Flooded during Hurricane Florence (2018). Photo from @NCDOT


In the Atlantic Ocean, hurricane season lasts from June 1st to November 30th with the peak of hurricane season typically in early- to mid-September. Although storms rarely form outside this season, there are exceptions. For example, in 2007, Tropical Storm Andrea formed off the North Carolina coast in early May, and in 2005, Tropical Storm Zeta formed on December 30th and lasted into 2006.

Storms affecting North Carolina peak in early to mid-September. However, North Carolina’s proximity to the Gulf Stream and its protruding coastline make it a likely location to receive an early season (June and July) spike in tropical activity. Tropical cyclones affecting North Carolina usually take one of three tracks:

  • Coastal Track: Largest threats are high winds and coastal flooding from storm surge
  • Inland Track: Usually causes nearly statewide damage from flooding and high winds
  • Gulf Track: Mostly likely to cause flooding in the mountains



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