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Hurricane Isabel: A decade later

POSTED: 07:25 AM EST Dec 24, 2013    UPDATED: 03:12 PM EDT Sep 17, 2013 

Hurricane Isabel was the costliest disaster in the history of Virginia ($ 1.8 billion).

Isabel was a Category 2 hurricane when it made landfall between Cape Lookout and Ocracoke Island, North Carolina on September 18.

Due to its fast forward motion Isabel remained a hurricane until reaching western Virginia early on September 19.

 Isabel became extratropical over Western Pennsylvania. The system crossed Lake Erie into Canada. Early on September 20, the remant of Isabel was absorbed by a larger extratropical storm

1.8 million were without power during the event.  The heaviest rainfall amounts were in western Virginia, near Sherando where  20.2" fell.

Heavy rain caused flash flooding in the mountainous areas of Southwest Virginia including parts of Rockbridge County near the South River.

In all, 36 deaths occured across the state as a result of the storm.


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Satellite view of Hurricane Isabel as it made landfall along North Carolina's Outer Banks, September 18, 2011.

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