On September 18th, 2003, Hurricane Isabel made landfall in North Carolina.
Hurricane Isabel was a Category 2 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 105 MPH when it made landfall between Cape Lookout and Ocracoke Island on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. The storm caused significant damage across the mid-Atlantic and was responsible for at least 16 U.S. deaths. The estimated damage from the storm in 2013 dollars was $7.11 billion. The hurricane was a Category 5 (strongest possible) hurricane for a time east of the Bahamas before it gradually weakened.
The meteorological history of Isabel is unique, as the storm was traveling northwest as it made landfall and it continued northwest into the eastern Great Lakes. In fact, the storm was one of the furthest north storms in recent memory to make a landfall while traveling northwest. Hurricane Sandy was traveling in a similar direction, but that storm was no longer considered a hurricane (tropical) when it made landfall in southern New Jersey last year.
Track courtesy of NASA.
Check out this slide-show for more images from Hurricane Isabel.