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Daryl Ritchison, Published October 29 2012

Weather Talk: Other strong hybrid storms have hit East Coast in past

A late-season hurricane going up the East Coast in October, which transitions into a powerful mid-latitude cyclone with massive wind damage, torrential rain and even snow?

It has happened before. Many will think of the “Perfect Storm” of 1991 that was made famous by a movie a few years ago. Although that storm did have a huge wind field that caused damage in New England with much coastal erosion, it never made landfall in the United States.

A better example would be Hurricane Hazel, which struck the Mid-Atlantic states in October 1954. It was moving nearly 50 mph as it hit the Carolinas and quickly moved inland and still had hurricane-force wind as it moved into Toronto. The storm caused devastating floods, especially in Toronto, and with such strong wind caused widespread damage across several states.

There are other examples of strong hybrid systems in that past that have tended to hit the East Coast every few decades.


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