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Posted: Aug 27, 2014 8:26 AM by WBRZ Weather
Updated: Aug 27, 2014 10:31 AM
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The last time Southeastern Louisiana has been under a hurricane warning was exactly two years ago-August 27, 2012 as Hurricane Isaac approached the coast.

Most coastal National Weather Service forecast offices have gone even longer without needing to issue such an advisory. After the quietest hurricane season since 1983 last year and a slow start to 2014 (aside from Arthur), 20 of the 24 forecast offices along the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean from Texas to Maine have gone more than two years without issuing a hurricane warning. For seven offices, it has been more than 10 years.

As far as tropical storm warnings, all 24 offices have had to issue at least one within the last five years. The last for the National Weather Service New Orleans/Baton Rouge was on October 3, 2013, as a weakening Tropical Storm Karen meandered off of the Gulf Coast.

Warnings, of course, are just the alert product indicating that hurricane or tropical storm conditions are imminent. Most of the time they verify as warranted, and in rare instances they do not.

National Weather Service hurricane and tropical storm warnings are issued for any and all locations expected to experience hurricane or tropical storm force conditions.

WBRZ meteorologists Josh Eachus and Robert Gauthreaux dug a bit deeper, beyond the wide-reaching impacts of previous tropical systems. Eachus and Gauthreaux identified the last time each coastal state took a direct hit, or had a hurricane or tropical storm make landfall within.

Here are the results:

Last Hurricane Landfall by State:

Maine: Gerda (2) | September 9, 1969
New Hampshire: None on Record
Massachusetts: Edna (1) | September 11, 1954
Rhode Island: Bob (2) | August 19, 1991
Connecticut: Carol (3) | August 31, 1954
New York: Gloria (1) |September 27, 1985
New Jersey: Sandy (ET) | October 29, 2012
Delaware: None on Record
Maryland: None on Record
Virginia: Floyd (1) | September 16, 1999
North Carolina: Arthur (2) | July, 4 2014
South Carolina: Gaston (1) | August 29, 2004
Georgia: David (1) | September 5, 1979
Florida: Wilma (3) | October 24, 2005
Alabama: Ivan (3) | September 16, 2004
Mississippi: Elena (3) | August 30, 1985
Louisiana: Isaac (1) | August 28, 2012
Texas: Ike (2) | September 13, 2008
California: Unnamed (1) | October 2, 1858
Oregon: None on Record
Washington: None on Record

Last Tropical Storm Landfall by State:

Maine: Bertha | July 14, 1996
New Hampshire: None on Record
Massachusetts: Beryl | July 20, 2006
Rhode Island: Unnamed | July 21, 1916
Connecticut: Hanna | September 6, 2008
New York: Irene |August 28, 2011
New Jersey: Hanna | September 6, 2008
Delaware: None on Record
Maryland: Hanna | September 6, 2008
Virginia: Danielle | September 25, 1992
North Carolina: Gabrielle | September 8, 2007
South Carolina: Hanna | September 6, 2008
Georgia: Chris | August 28, 1988
Florida: Andrea | June 6, 2013
Alabama: Irene | October 8, 1959
Mississippi: Cindy | July 6, 2005
Louisiana: Lee | September 4, 2011
Texas: Edouard | September 5, 2008
California: "Long Beach" | September 25, 1939
Oregon: None on Record
Washington: None on Record

Prior to Arthur in North Carolina earlier this season, the last hurricane to make landfall in the United States was Isaac in 2012, which came ashore in Southeast Louisiana. The National Hurricane Center did not classify Sandy as a tropical cyclone at the time of landfall.
The last tropical storm to come inland for the United States was Lee, also in Louisiana, in September of 2011.

The east coast state that has seen the most time pass since the last hurricane landfall is Connecticut. Carol struck in August of 1954. Connecticut's last tropical storm hit came from Hanna in 2008.

Three east coast states do not have a direct hit from a hurricane on record: New Hampshire, Delaware and Maryland. The former two, also have no record of a tropical storm landfall.

As hurricane season 2014 continues, stay up to date with the latest tropical forecasts by checking in with the WBRZ Weather Team on-air, online at wbrz.com/weather, and on social media.

Pat Shingleton:
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Josh Eachus:
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Robert Gauthreaux:
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