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Big Bertha Blasts North Carolina!


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Introduction

    Hurricane Bertha slammed into North Carolina's southern coastline on July 12, 1996 with sustained winds of approximately 105 MPH, and gusts reported as high as 144 MPH (Topsail Beach--unconfirmed). Damages were estimated to exceed $60 million for homes and structures, and over $150 million for agriculture. Corn, tobacco, and other crops received severe damage from the storm. Rainfall totals of over 5 inches were common in eastern NC.

    For further information, see the NCDC Storm Data publication for Jul 96, and the NWS special report on the storm.


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