Hurricane Season for Outer Banks North Carolina 2020

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Planning a trip to the coast of North Carolina? Wondering when the Atlantic Hurricane Season begins and ends?

You sir/madam have come to the right place.

The hurricane season for the Outer Banks runs from June 1st through November 30th.

These dates are just generalities though, there have been hurricanes that have formed in the Atlantic Ocean during the months of May and December.

For the most part, you shouldn’t be overly concerned with having your vacation cut short by a hurricane. On average about one tropical depression impacts the area a year, and several years can go by without any hurricanes making landfall in eastern North Carolina.

You should know that the months of August, September, and October are typically the most active in regards to tropical storms. So if you plan your visit in June, July or November, you really shouldn’t worry about these storms.

The good news is that hurricanes and tropical depressions are typically very slow-moving and normally form a thousand or so miles away from North Carolina’s coast. This means that you’ll likely have plenty of notice if and when a storm is coming so that you can evacuate the area long before the storm arrives.

Many Outer Banks vacation rental providers offer vacation insurance, which will reimburse you for some or all of the money you spent on lodging if a named storm makes landfall on the Outer Banks.

Keep in mind that this insurance only protects you if there is a hurricane.

If a tropical depression with 50+ mph winds is barreling towards the coast, you will typically not be refunded. Be sure to ask lots of questions when deciding whether or not to purchase vacation insurance.

Okay, this post should have provided you with a general overview of when the hurricane season on the Outer Banks is… its the same time period each year!

We hope you enjoy your trip to the beach, and encourage you to try not to worry about if/when a storm is going to impact the area – it’s going to happen inevitably again, and again… just hopefully not during your vacation!

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