SOUTHEASTERN NORTH CAROLINA (WECT) - May 24-30 has been designated North Carolina Hurricane Preparedness week to make weather-readiness a priority as hurricane season begins.
North Carolina is one of the most hurricane ravaged states in the country. Nearly 20 percent of all tropical systems pass within at least 300 miles of North Carolina with a threat of a major hurricane occurring every 11 years.
The last storm to make landfall as a hurricane in North Carolina was Hurricane Arthur in 2014; the last major hurricane to threaten and impact the state was Hurricane Fran in 1996.
Since 1806, over 70 tropical systems have made direct landfall on the North Carolina coast; about 100 tropical systems have moved through the area without making landfall. North Carolina's unique geography with respect to its protruding coastline makes the state a favorable target for tropical systems. Living along the Carolina coast puts gives us a similar longitude as Florida's east coast and the Bahamas. This geographical fact makes Wilmington to Cape Hatteras the most favorable location for landfalling systems.
When it comes to hurricane season, you should be prepared to take appropriate action by completing an emergency preparedness plan and make or update your emergency kit.