Hurricane Fran was a hurricane during the 1996 Atlantic hurricane season. This storm caused over $3 billion in damage. It killed 20-30 people. Fran struck North Carolina as a strong Category 3 hurricane with winds of 115 miles per hour (185 km/h). The name Fran was later retired and replaced by Fay for the 2002 Atlantic season.
|Formed||August 23, 1996|
|Dissipated||September 8, 1996|
|Highest winds||1-minute sustained: 195 km/h (120 mph) |
|Lowest pressure||946 hPa (mbar); 27.94 inHg|
|Fatalities||22 direct, 5 indirect|
|Damage||$3.2 billion (1996 USD)|
|Areas affected||South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Toronto|
|Part of the 1996 Atlantic hurricane season|
Hurricane Fran started from a tropical wave that moved off the western coast of Africa, entering the Atlantic Ocean, on August 22. The low pressure area became a tropical depression on August 23. Little changed for several days. By August 26, the storm had been disorganized.
On August 27, the storm grew into a tropical storm and was named Fran. On August 29, the storm intensified into a category 1 hurricane. The interaction with Hurricane Edouard led to weakening and the storm took a northwestward direction. When Edouard was gone, the storm grew into a category 1 hurricane again.
Fran grew in early September. By September 3, it the winds were at 90 miles per hour (140 km/h). The system started to develop an eye. By September 5, winds were at 120 mph (195 km/h) and its pressure was 946 mbar.
Hurricane watch was issued in the Lesser Antilles on late August. As Fran moved away, the watch was discontinued.