From the archives: a rare May hurricane…

The 1970’s were relatively “tame” in North Carolina with regards to tropical activity, at least when compared to other decades (such as the 1950’s or the 1990’s). However, the 1970 Atlantic Hurricane Season managed to produce one true oddity- a May hurricane. Originally forming in the western Caribbean Sea, Hurricane Alma weakened on approach to the United States.

By the time the system reached Florida, it was merely a tropical storm. The remnant circulation tracked inland over Georgia and the Carolinas, spawning at least one damaging tornado. Heavy rain fell across several states. In total, Alma produced at least 8 fatalities during its lifespan. May hurricanes are thankfully rare.

 Chief Meteorologist Jerry Jackson

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