Mid-Atlantic Hurricane Overdue

The East Coast of the United States, and especially the Middle Atlantic states, remains overdue for a major (Category 3 or stronger) hurricane strike, according to the author of a book on the topic. This year marks the 40th anniversary of Hurricane Camille, the deadliest storm in Virginia’s history, and despite the absence of major storms in recent years, the Middle Atlantic region can only beat the odds for so long says Rick Schwartz, author of the book Hurricanes and the Middle Atlantic States. “Hurricane history suggests that the Mid-Atlantic’s seeming immunity will change as soon as 2009. Hurricane Alley shifts. A modest drift to the east of the Gulf Coast activity would likely send hurricanes storming up the Eastern seaboard.† Hurricane Isabel was the last Category 2 hurricane to make landfall along the U.S. East Coast north of Florida, while the last Category 3 was Hurricane Fran in 1996. Hurricane Hugo in 1989 (the seventh most costly hurricane in U.S. history)  was the last Category 4 storm. In comparison, 10 Category 2 or stronger storms made landfall along the Gulf Coast between 2004 and 2008. Check out I.I.I. hurricane facts and stats.

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