September 29, 2012 – North Myrtle Beach, SC – The season is almost over; the hurricane season that is.
The National Hurricane Center’s data collection tells us that, in the past thirty years, only five October storms have passed within 100 miles of North Myrtle Beach. Only one, Irene in 1999 passed through as a category 1, produced very heavy rains and was the storm that passed the latest in the season – October 19. Winds from Irene reached 70 to 100 mph.
The rest were either tropical storms or downgraded as they passed. Kyle was a category one when it came through the Caribbean in 2002 but deteriorated to a tropical storm even before it hit land. When it neared North Myrtle Beach, Kyle had winds of 35 mph. Kyle was the most memorable of the October tropical storms because the eye passed within 25 miles of North Myrtle Beach.
The odds are good that the hurricane season is over.