Hurricane Floyd Anniversary

September 16 is the anniversary of Hurricane Floyd hitting the Mid Atlantic region.

The storm formed out in the Atlantic and at its’ peak was a category 3 storm with winds to 125 mph.


Floyd turned to the north before reaching Florida and headed for the Carolina coast. Floyd was a category 2 storm when it crossed Cape Fear, NC and weakend to tropical storm strength when the center of the storm passed just east of Ocean City.

14 to 15 inches of rain fell in Cecil and Kent counties.

11.6 inches of rain was measured at Annapolis.

8.62 inches of rain was recorded at Ft. McHenry.

The rain total on TV Hill was 5.96 inches.

The 5.02 inches of rain recorded at BWI-Marshall Airport stands as the record for the date.

4.44 inches of rain was recorded at the Maryland Science Center.

The peak wind gust on TV Hill was 62mph and the peak at the airport was 43mph

The Mid Atlantic region was experiencing a drought before Floyd arrived. The storm’s rains made September 1999 the second wettest on record and broke the drought.

John Collins

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