Damage from Hurricane Hazel, 195431 August 2011
Staff Person: Maury York
Hurricane Hazel, a Category 4 storm, hit North Carolina on the morning of October 15, 1954. It cut a wide path of destruction in eastern and central North Carolina before heading up the East Coast to Canada. Hazel caused some 19 deaths, 200 injuries, and millions of dollars in property damage in the state, making it one of the worst natural disasters of the twentieth century.