It’s a phrase you’ve heard us say dozens of times… “Hurricane season runs through November 30 for a reason”. While November landfalls are rare in the United States, they are not without precedent. Hurricane Kate earned distinction in the record books as the latest US landfall on record back in 1985.
After striking Cuba on November 19, Kate intensified into a Category 3 storm. A complex interaction with an approaching cold front steered Kate back toward the Florida west coast. Thankfully, a slight weakening occurred. By the time Kate pushed ashore in the United States, it was downgraded to Category 2 status.
From there, the circulation weakened as it tracked inland. Leftover rain and damaging winds spread over Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina. Kate finally pushed offshore of the Outer Banks on November 22.