WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Hurricane Irene will not appear in the “Top 10″ list of North Carolina hurricanes. Not even close. However, Irene was a good reminder that even a “weak” hurricane or tropical storm can create impressive wind gusts and flooding rain.
The StormTrack 3 Weather Team forecast wind gusts near hurricane force (73+ mph) along coastal counties, with tropical storm force conditions (39-73 mph) possible for inland counties. The official forecast called for rainfall of 6-9 inches in coastal counties. These numbers verified well. You can find a few specific reports listed below.
New Hanover County (Johnny Mercer’s Pier) 70 mph
Brunswick County (Bald Head Island) 68 mph
Pender County (Holly Shelter) 70 mph
Bladen County (Bladen Lakes) 58 mph
Columbus County (Whiteville) 48 mph
New Hanover County (Wilmington) 7.58 in
Brunswick County (Southport) 7.84 in
Pender County (Holly Shelter) 8.26 in
Columbus County (Whiteville) 3.06 in
Bladen County (Bladenboro) 2.63 in