Living in the Carolinas comes with many benefits. We live in an area with beautiful mountains, lakes, rivers, and beaches. With that privilege comes the possibility of hurricanes each year, especially around the peak travel seasons of late spring, summer, and early fall. Some of the costliest and deadliest hurricanes have occurred in the Carolinas, like Hugo, Hazel, Donna, Fran, and Floyd.
Hurricane Floyd struck in 1999 and brought with it the most destructive flood waters that North Carolina had ever seen. Tropical Storm Dennis had arrived ten days prior and saturated the state, leaving it prone to flooding. Rain fell for as long as sixty hours in parts of the state and the rain had no where to go except for the streets and homes. This hurricane was the worst storm in North Carolina history. Few people had flood insurance and the state suffered tremendously.
Hurricane Fran was North Carolina's second worst storm, downing trees all over the state. Fran left North Carolina in such a mess that a statewide state of emergency was declared. The damage to NC was estimated at 2.3 billion dollars, and 24 fatalities occurred.
Third in line for the most destructive hurricane in NC history is Hurricane Hazel. This storm struck in 1954. With 150 mph winds hitting land at the same time as the highest lunar tide of the year, storm surges reached as high as eighteen feet in parts of the state. Nineteen people died during the storm and the state was left with 136 million dollars in damage.
Hurricane Hugo was a devastating hurricane that slammed into South Carolina in 1989. This hurricane took the lives of 27 people in the state. 25 years later, people are still talking about the destruction of this storm. It continued into Charlotte, North Carolina, downing trees and power lines. The total cost of destruction from Hugo was estimated at ten billion dollars, making it the costliest hurricane in history. This storm claimed the lives of 35 people in North Carolina.
Hurricane Donna was North Carolina's fourth worst hurricane, leaving 25 million dollars in damage and eight people dead.
Make sure you and your family know what to do, in the event of one of these serious natural disasters. AAA Insurance offers Deluxe Home Protection which includes mortgage disaster insurance, home warranty to cover your HVAC and appliances, home security and flood insurance.