Meteorologists engage in discussion about Hurricane Floyd

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September 16, 1999 storm (Photo By: Lakeeda Johnson)

NEW HANOVER COUNTY (WWAY)– As fresh memories of hurricanes Dorian and Florence continue to linger, we can’t forget the history of hurricanes that have already come.

Just two decades ago, one of the state’s biggest storms to date – Hurricane Floyd struck the coast and changed the way we respond to hurricanes and inland flooding.

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On September 16, 1999, Hurricane Floyd wiped out several crops, homes, and lives. As a category 2 storm.

Meteorologists say, Hurricane Floyd was one of the costliest storms in our state with more than a billion dollars worth of damages.

Meteorologists in the Cape Fear region each spoke on a, “Remembering Hurricane Floyd” expert panel, at the Cape Fear Museum.



They mentioned the adjustments we’ve had to make since the storm.

Pender County Emergency Management director, Tom Collins says we haven’t fully recovered from Hurricane Floyd, but we are further than we were 20 years ago.

He says we have now have specialized aquatic teams.