Coast Guard Efforts During Hurricanes Florence and Sandy
A look at U.S. Coast Guard efforts during Hurricanes Florence in 2018 and Sandy in 2012.
Hurricane Florence was a long-lived, category 4 hurricane with winds up to 137 mph that made landfall along the southeastern coast of North Carolina near the upper end of category 1. Florence caused devastating freshwater flooding across much of the southeastern United States and significant storm surge flooding in portions of eastern North Carolina. Florence resulted in 22 direct deaths and was also associated with 30 indirect fatalities.
Hurricane Sandy was the deadliest and most destructive, as well as the strongest, hurricane of the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season with winds up to 115 mph. Inflicting nearly $70 billion in damage, it was the second-costliest hurricane on record in the United States until surpassed by Hurricanes Harvey and Maria in 2017. At least 233 people were killed along the path of the storm in eight countries.