DISCUSSION: Through turning the clocks all the way back to August of 1955, we arrive at the anniversary of the landfall of Hurricane Connie. In reflecting on the landfall of this particularly strong tropical cyclone, there is no question that this was a prolific event at the time based on the quick landfall track of Hurricane Connie over the last 24 to 36 hours prior to the point of landfall. Nonetheless, as reflected by the map attached above (courtesy of David Roth from the Weather Prediction Center), there was a very large spatial domain over which substantially heavier rainfall accumulated during the course of this tropical cyclone's approach. More specifically, a large portion of the heaviest rainfall accumulated both in and around the coastal and semi-inland regions of the Mid-Atlantic states on the East Coast of the United States. To elaborate further on the specifics of the flooding and coinciding damage which unfolded during this event, there is an exact excerpt from the actual event summary attached below.
"Rainfall amounts of over 10 inches were observed along and west of where Hurricane Connie made landfall (Figure 3). In Eastern North Carolina, the most significant flooding occurred along the Pamlico River in Washington where National Guardsmen evacuated nearly 1,000 people during the storm. Power was knocked out over much of Eastern North Carolina and rainfall flooding closed U.S. Highway 17 in the New Bern area. The hurricane caused nearly $40 million in damage in North Carolina, much from crop damage. There were 27 deaths in the state related on Connie, including traffic deaths, drownings, people in damaged buildings and electrocutions."
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