The last hurricane to make landfall along North Carolina's coast was three years ago.

Hurricane Isaias came inland as a Category 1 near Ocean Isle Beach in Brunswick County at 11:10 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 3, 2020, with sustained winds of 85 mph.

What You Need To Know

  • Storm surge from Isaias caused significant damage in Brunswick County

  • The peak wind gust recorded in the state was 99 mph

  • Isaias produced six tornadoes, including a deadly EF3 twister in Bertie County

It was the third hurricane to make landfall in the state in just under two years.

Hurricane Florence hit the state in September 2018, producing devastating flooding, and Hurricane Dorian hit in September 2019, producing damaging storm surge at Ocracoke.

Storm surge

Boats are piled on each other in the marina following the effects of Hurricane Isaias in Southport, N.C. on Aug. 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

The storm surge from Hurricane Isaias was quite destructive along the coast of Brunswick County in North Carolina. 

It caused extensive damage in Southport to boats at the town's marina.

The storm surge also caused extensive beach erosion, especially at Oak Island and Ocean Isle.

Wind gusts

The highest wind gust in the state was measured at Federal Point in New Hanover County at almost 100 mph.


Debris left from an EF3 tornado that struck Bertie County, N.C. on Aug. 4, 2020 as Hurricane Isaias moved through.

Isaias produced six confirmed tornadoes in the state.

The strongest was in Bertie County where an EF3 tornado touched down at 1:15 a.m. on Aug. 4, 2020. The tornado killed two and injured 14 near the town of Windsor. The tornado carved a 10-mile path of destruction and grew as wide as six football fields.

In Brunswick County, an EF1 tornado with maximum winds of 105 mph hit Bald Head Island, causing an 8.3 mile damage path. Another EF1 tornado struck Belville with estimated winds of 104 mph. The weakest of the three in Brunswick County occurred in Bolivia with winds of 70 mph. No injuries were reported.

In Beaufort County, an EF1 touched down near Bayview for less than one mile with winds up to 105 mph.

In Hertford County, an EF0 struck at 1:11 a.m. on Aug. 4, 2020 with maximum winds of 75 mph. 


Isaias quickly moved through the state, limiting the amount of flooding that we experienced. The highest official rainfall recorded was 5.06" in Oxford, about 30 minutes north of Durham.

The Outer Banks received as little as 0.35" from the system.

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