The following is a list maximum wind gusts reported across the Wilmington County Warning Area during the passage of Hurricane Irene
Hurricane Irene was a very large hurricane, with hurricane force winds (64 kt) extending 80 miles from the center, and tropical storm force winds (34 kt) occurring another 220 miles beyond that. This put the Cape Fear region on the fringe of the hurricane force wind radius. Fortunately, none of the area experienced hurricane force winds from Irene, but widespread tropical storm force winds brought down many limbs and trees through southeast North Carolina and northeast South Carolina.

Location
Max Gust (kt)
Source
Wrightsville Beach 27 East
62
NDBC Buoy
Johnny Mercer Pier
61
NOS Buoy
Back Island
61
RAWS
Bald Head Island
59
Mesonet
Frying Pan Shoals
58
NDBC Buoy
Wilmington
57
ASOS
Springmaid Pier
54
NOS Buoy
Sunset Harbor
54
Mesonet
Wrightsville Beach
51
Mesonet
North Topsail Beach
50
Mesonet
Turnbull Creek
50
RAWS
Wilmington
46
Mesonet
Southport
46
AWOS
North Myrtle Beach
43
ASOS
Whiteville
42
RAWS
Lumberton
40
ASOS
Socastee
39
Mesonet
Myrtle Beach
38
ASOS
Florence
37
ASOS
Georgetown
36
AWOS
Marion
34
AWOS


Map of wind swath from Hurricane Irene from the National Hurricane Center

Map of NC wind swath from Irene. Courtesy WFO RAH
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