What year did a hurricane form in both the Hatteras and Oregon inlets in North Carolina, and what were the highest sustained winds?
We found no data indicating that any hurricane has formed in either of these areas. A hurricane is a product of a tropical ocean and atmosphere. Powered by heat from the sea, it is steered by the easterly trade winds and the temperate westerlies, as well as by its own ferocious energy. Being a coastal state, North Carolina has had its share of landfall hurricanes for generations, with 11 major hurricanes making landfall just between 1990 and 1996. As for high winds, Hurricane Fran, a major Category 3 hurricane, hit the North Carolina coastal areas of Brunswick, New Hanover, Pender, Onslow, and Carteret counties on September 6, 1996, with sustained surface winds of almost 130 mph.