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Hurricane Floyd Testimonials

Written by  Janette Ballman November 19, 2007

After delivering only a glancing blow to Florida and Georgia, Hurricane Floyd slammed into North Carolina, causing that state's costliest natural disaster, and then moved up the East Coast, dumping heavy rain as it went.Once deemed a Category 4 storm with winds of 155 miles per hour, Hurricane Floyd hit the Carolina coast on September 16 with winds of 115 miles per hour. The storm then proceeded through Virginia, New Jersey and parts of New York dumping up to 20 inches of rain on the region, causing "500-year" floods in some areas.Altogether, Hurricane Floyd killed at least 69 people from the Bahamas to New England.Hurricane Floyd was massive in size - at one point it covered more than 700 miles. After the storm passed through the Bahamas, it was feared it would head toward the Florida or Georgia coast, but these states felt little more than light rain and winds

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