We had 80 mph sustained and over 100 mph gusts at the small airport six miles south of me. I'm close to 100 miles fromn the coast as well. The big problem was just the size of the storm and the tremendous surge that proceeded so many hours before the storm hit.badasbullitt said:Yea, the same with Fran.We had sustain winds of 70 mph when it came through Raleigh in 1996.And we are over 100 miles from the coast.
Andrew and Camille were the worst I've seen. Camille was relatively small in size though (luckily)Madpoodle said:IMO the majority of the damage from Ike was from the surge. Inland got beat up some, but the coastal area's are devastated.. Andrew on the other hand, came ashore as a cat 5 storm. Surge, while still high at 17', was the least of our issues. Had it been 15-20 miles further up coast, they would still be rebuilding here..