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Daryl Ritchison, WDAY, Published July 03 2013

Weather Talk: Landfalling hurricanes in June are rare in U.S.

Although the Atlantic hurricane season begins on June 1, landfalling hurricanes during the first month of the season in the United States are quite rare. There has not been a direct hit on the United States by a hurricane in the month of June since Bonnie came onshore near the Texas/Louisiana border on June 26, 1986.

Numerous tropical storms have affected the country in June, including Andrea this year, but hurricanes are the exception rather than the rule this early in the year.

Previous to Bonnie in 1986, other more recent hurricanes to have affected the U.S. in June include Agnes in 1972, Alma in 1966 and Audrey in 1957. Audrey was the most powerful landfalling hurricane during the month of June since records have begun, with peak wind estimated at 145 mph.

The June with the most landfalling hurricanes occurred back when Grover Cleveland was president. In June 1886, three hurricanes affected the U.S., the only June on record with more than one hurricane striking the country.

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