Hurricanes and nor'easters on Long Island

Here are details from the past 80 years on hurricanes in which the eye passed within 100 miles of the center of Long Island, along with notable nor'easters. The "maximum strength" listed for each hurricane is from the life of the storm; the narrative in the final column mentions the status of the storm when it arrived on Long Island. The material comes from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and from published reports.
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Storm Name Month Year Maximum Strength Local Impact
Charley August 2004 Category 4 hurricane Aug. 15: On Long Island, the remnants of Hurricane Charley left an average of 1 to 2 inches of rain, with winds up to 14 mph. Having lost some force after making landfall in North Carolina, it fell short of expectations, sparing Long Island from the wallo
Beryl August 1994 Tropical storm Aug. 18: Down to a tropical depression by the time it passed north of the Island, Beryl left little impression.
Diane August 1955 Tropical storm Aug. 19: Down to a tropical depression by the time it ran the length of the Island, Diane left hundreds without power.
Bob August 1991 Category 3 hurricane Aug. 19: The center of Hurricane Bob passed to the east of Montauk as a Category 2. The storm caused $100 million in damages.
Unnamed August 1939 Category 1 hurricane Aug. 20: The storm had diminished to a tropical depression by the time it past north and west of the city.
Agnes June 1972 Category 1 hurricane Aug. 22: Downgraded to a tropical storm by the time it reached the Island, Agnes caused flooding elsewhere in New York.
Irene August 2011 Category 2 hurricane Aug. 28: The hurricane dropped to tropical storm status as it hit Long Island, but still managed to cause serious flooding. About 523, 000 customers were left without power.
Doria August 1971 Tropical storm Aug. 28: The storm tracked through New York City but still left 250, 000 homes on Long Island without power.
Chris August 1988 Tropical storm Aug. 29: Chris was a tropical depression when it passed north of the Island, knocking out power to 33, 000 utility customers.
Carol August 1954 Category 2 hurricane Aug. 31: Hurricane Carol, with winds up to 125 mph, produced 14-foot seas. About 275, 000 Nassau-Suffolk homes lost LILCO service. Damage on Long Island totaled $3 million. President Dwight Eisenhower declared Suffolk County a disaster area.
Belle August 1976 Category 3 hurricane Aug. 9-10, 1976: Hurricane Belle, a minimal hurricane, struck on a falling tide, causing relatively little flooding on Long Island. One man died when he was hit by a falling tree.
Unnamed December 1992 Nor'easter Dec. 11-13, 1992: The two-day nor'easter brought record high tides and hurricane-force winds across the Island, that turned to an unpredictably heavy wet snowfall that compounded flooding problems and hindered clean-up efforts in the wake of record high t
Bertha July 1996 Category 3 hurricane July 13: Most of Long Island saw between one and two inches of rain, causing some flooding. Bertha, down to a tropical storm by the time it arrived on Long Island, caused minimal beach erosion.
Brenda July 1960 Tropical storm July 30: Still a tropical storm with an eye that came up inland on the East Coast, it cut across Queens and the North Shore of Nassau County with winds of 45 mph.
Allison June 2001 Tropical storm June 17: The remnants of Tropical Storm Allison brought 3 and 4 inches of rain over a period of 10 hours Long Island on Fatherâs Day. Allison came to life off Galveston, Texas on June 5.
Unnamed June 1934 Category 1 hurricane June 19: A Gulf hurricane that weakened as it crossed the United States, it went out to sea briefly before landing in Nassau and passing across to the North Fork.
Barry June 2007 Tropical storm June 3-4: The remnants of Tropical Storm Barry dumped about three inches or rain on the Island and runoff led to the temporary closing of a number of shellfishing areas in Nassau and Suffolk.
Unnamed March 1962 Nor'easter March 6-8: A storm strikes on Ash Wednesday and destroys 100 homes.
Unnamed November 1950 Nor'easter Nov. 24-25: A Thanksgiving storm causes millions of dollars in damage and has wind gusts of up to 93 mph.
Unnamed October 1944 Category 3 hurricane Oct. 20: After peaking off Florida, this storm passed to the east of the Island with wind gusts of 35 to 50 mph. At that point it was "extratropical, " a category below tropical depression.
Unnamed October 1991 Nor'easter Oct. 30: Halloween nor'easter, 1991 Worst LI coastal flooding since 1960s. Strength. Tides up to 5 feet above normal. Cost. About $34M in damage on NY's coast. Damage. Wind and waves destroyed two dozen homes and ripped up four public highways on the Sout
Henri September 1985 Tropical storm Sept 24: Henri nicked the East End but did not draw as much attention as Gloria would less than a week later.
Donna September 1960 Category 5 hurricane Sept. 12: Hurricane Donna required evacuation of 4, 000 to 5, 000 people from the barrier beaches and of several hundred additional families from low-lying areas between Amityville and Babylon. The South Shore of Nassau and Suffolk sustained $1.9 million d
Unnamed September 1944 Category 4 hurricane Sept. 14: Four people are killed as wind gusts of 108 mph from an unnamed storm were recorded at Block Island. High water of 9.2 feet above mean sea level was recorded at Manhasset.
Unnamed September 1945 Category 4 hurricane Sept. 14: Still a Category 1 storm when it reached the Island, this hurricane left four dead and was compared in force to the 1938 storm.
Unnamed September 1961 Tropical storm Sept. 15: This storm crossed over from New Jersey and made landfall again at Long Beach with winds of 35 mph.
Floyd September 1999 Category 4 hurricane Sept. 16: A tropical storm by the time it crossed near the Queens-Nassau County border, Floyd left 149, 000 customers without power. The storm packed heavy rains on its western half and winds on the eastern side -- the part that passed over Long Island. Th
Unnamed September 1936 Category 3 hurricane Sept. 19: Never made landfall, passing a little less than 100 miles off the South Shore.
Gordon September 2000 Category 1 hurricane Sept. 19: After crossing the southeastern United States and getting back out over the Atlantic, this diminished storm came ashore in Suffolk County. Heavy surf churned up by the remains of Hurricane Gordon made fishing an adventure.
Able September 1952 Category 2 hurricane Sept. 1: The storm faded from a tropical storm to a tropical depression as it passsed west of the Island. Nevertheless, 27, 000 homes were left without power and winds reached 55 mph.
Unnamed September 1938 Category 5 hurricane Sept. 21: Long Island's worst recorded storm in modern times killed 45 people - the majority of them in Westhampton Beach - before taking hundreds of additional lives as it swept through New England. It was a Category 2 storm, with winds less than 110
Esther September 1961 Category 4 hurricane Sept. 21: The storm remained a Category 3 as it approached Montauk, but it looped around and dropped to a tropical depression. Damage at the time was estimated to be $3 million.
Gloria September 1985 Category 4 hurricane Sept. 27, 1985: Hurricane Gloria, with wind gusts of up to 100 mph, caused up to $100 million damage on Long Island. Federal and state relief funds later repaid $42 million. About 683, 000 LILCO customers -more than two-thirds of the company's customers
Hanna September 2008 Category 1 hurricane Sept. 7: Packing wind gusts up to 39 mph and downpours of up to 4 inches, Hanna was a tropical storm by the time it reached the island.
Unnamed September 1934 Category 2 hurricane Sept. 9: Winds had fallen to 45 miles per hour by the time this storm made landfall in Suffolk County.
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