This Week in NC Weather History: Hurricane Donna

Sixty years ago, it was the storm before the calm.

From the State Climate Office, I’m Corey Davis, and this week in North Carolina Weather History, we’re looking back at Hurricane Donna.

On September 12, 1960, Donna made landfall as a Category-2 hurricane near Topsail Beach. Our southern coastline suffered the brunt of the damage, between the storm surge, hurricane-force winds, and even a few tornadoes.

Donna took a similar track and had nearly identical impacts as Hurricane Isaias, which hit last month. But while 2020 has been one of the most active hurricane seasons on record, 1960 was a quiet one. Donna was the fourth of only six named storms that year.

And while it was preceded by storms like Hazel in the 1950s, after Donna we went another 24 years before our next direct hit from a landfalling hurricane.

With This Week in Weather History, I’m Corey Davis.