1976

Belle formed as a depression early on August 6th just east of the northern Bahama islands. While a depression, Belle's position remained about 250 miles northeast of Nassau in the Bahamas as the system did a small cyclonic loop. Belle was upgraded to a tropical storm on the evening of 6th and shortly thereafter starting moving northwest. Belle reached hurricane strength during the late afternoon of the 7th. Movement continued to be northwest and toward the Carolinas before turning to the north on the 8th and passing within 100 miles of the Outer Banks . Belle continued to intensify through the 9th when the central minimum pressure dropped to 957 mb and maximum sustained winds reached 120 mph. Weakening commenced later on the 9th and continued through the 10th when the storm made landfall on the south coast of Long Island as a category one storm. In the Carolinas the highest sustained wind was 37 mph at Cape Hatteras. The highest estimated gust was 75 mph as both Frisco and Hatteras Place on the Outer Banks. 3.70 inches of rain fell at Cape Hatteras.

The low pressure that became Dottie originally formed about 150 miles northwest of Key West during the evening of August 17th. The system drifted northeast as a depression through the 18th before strengthening to a tropical storm near Palm Beach, Florida during the afternoon of the 19th. As the system moved out over the Atlantic conditions appeared favorable for the intensification and hurricane watches were posted from Savannah to Cape Hatteras. Strengthening did occur as the storm's minimum central pressure dropped to 996 mb and maximum estimated surface winds increased to 45 kt early on the 19th when the center was about 75 miles northeast of Daytona Beach, Florida. The storm moved almost due north and weakened and was barely a tropical storm when it made landfall near Charleston during the evening of the 20th. Gusts of 35 to 40 knots were reported at beach locations near Wilmington. Carolina Beach had a storm total rainfall of 7.78 inches with amounts of 4 to 6 inches over the remainder of coastal North Carolina near Wilmington.

 

Belle

Dottie

 

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