Hurricane Fran

Category 3 Atlantic hurricane in 1996

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.

Hurricane Fran
Hurricane Fran at peak intensity on September 4, nearing landfall
FormedAugust 23, 1996
DissipatedSeptember 8, 1996
Highest winds1-minute sustained: 195 km/h (120 mph)
Lowest pressure946 hPa (mbar); 27.94 inHg
Fatalities22 direct, 5 indirect
Damage$3.2 billion (1996 USD)
Areas affectedSouth Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Toronto
Part of the 1996 Atlantic hurricane season

Storm History change

Storm path

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 near peak intensity.

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.

On September 6, the storm hit North Carolina with winds of 115 miles per hour (185 km/h). Once on land, the storm rapidly weakened. It moved through Virginia. It died on September 8.

Preparations change

A Hurricane Watch was issued in the Lesser Antilles in late August. As Fran moved away, the watch was ended.