Hurricane Twins Connie and Diane
August 13, 2002
This week marks the anniversary of the Great Flood of 1955 which followed in the wake of twin hurricanes that crossed the North Carolina coast only 5 days apart. Hurricane Connie crossed the coast on August 12 as a Category 3 storm with sustained 75 mph ( 33.5 m/s) winds and an 8 foot (2.4 m) storm surge. There were no reported deaths and the damage in the United States was $40 million. However, the most significant aspect of Connie was the rainfall of up to 12 inches (30.5 cm) that affected the northeastern United States. Diane cossed the coast on August 17 as a Category 1 hurricane. Hurricane conditions affected only a small part of the North Carolina coast, and the damage from winds and tides was relatively minor. The main impact was heavy rains. Diane poured 10 to 20 inches (25 - 51 cm) of rain on areas soaked by Connie just a few days before, producing widespread severe flooding from North Carolina to Massachusetts. The floods were responsible for 184 deaths and $832 million in damage.