GREENSBORO, NC -- Hurricane Hermine is on the way to the NC coast. You don't hear that name much. So, could the next hurricane have your name?
WHAT'S IN A NAME: HOW HURRICANE NAMES CAME TO BE
According to the NHC In the 1800's storms in the West Indies were named after the particular saint's day on which the hurricane occurred.
The novel "Storm" published in 1941 used a woman's name and it became common practice by WWII as Army and Navy meteorologists tracked storms. For a short time in the 50's, the US came up with a phonetic alphabet to name storms like Able, Baker, Charlie. But by 1953 the US settled on just female names.
That practice ended in 1979 when male and female names were included in lists for the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico.
HURRICANE & STORM IMPACTS ON NC
Check out the history from 1851 to 2015 as detailed by the State Climate Office of NC:
372 storms have impacted North Carolina
78 storms of those storms made a direct hit.
294 storms made some sort of impact in our state
The maximum activity is in the first week of September, but June and July are particularly active-- not for the entire Atlantic coast but specifically for the Southeastern coast.
THE COST OF STORMS
46 hurricanes have made a direct hit on NC's coast.
12 were considered major, meaning Category 3, 4 or 5.
Since the year 1900, the most powerful hurricane to hit NC was Hazel, back in 1954.
The storm was the only Category 4 since 1900 to hit the Tar Heel state. \
The costliest hurricane to hit our state, Isabel back in 2003. The Category 3 storm killed 25 people in North Carolina and cost $14 Billion.
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