Hurricanes: Statistics

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The following table breaks down the types of tropical cyclone events that affect North Carolina. Direct landfalling storms are only those that directly strike the state or territories coast. Cyclones affecting North Carolina include all that have had an impact on the state but did not make direct landfall.

North Carolina Tropical Cyclone Statistics (1851 - 2018)
StatisticDirect Landfalling Storms in NCNon-landfalling Storms Affecting NC Within 150 MilesTotal Storms Affecting NC
Number of Storms
83
299
382
Percentage of Storms
4.43%
15.97%
20.41%
Average Years Between Storms
2.02
0.56
0.44
Average Storms Per Year
0.49
1.78
2.27



The graph above shows the total number of days that North Carolina has been impacted by tropical cyclones on a weekly basis.



The graph above shows the total number of tropical cyclones affecting North Carolina by decade.


Storm Type: Cat 5Cat 4Cat 3Cat 2Cat 1
Tropical StormSubtropical StormDepression
ExtratropicalLow
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