* - Moving more than 30 miles an hour.
& - Highest category justified by winds.
# - Classified Cat. 4 because of estimated winds.
+ - Cape Fear, North Carolina, area only; was a Cat. 2 at final landfall.
DIRECT HITS BY HURRICANES U.S. MAINLAND 1900-1996
This means that during the period 1900-1992, an average of two major hurricanes every 3 years made
landfall somewhere along the United States Gulf or Atlantic Coast. (All categories combined average about
five hurricanes every 3 years for the same period.)
This is taken from The Deadliest, Costliest, and Most Intense United States hurricanes of this century
(and other frequently requested hurricane facts) [NOAA Technical Memorandum NWS TPC-1] updated in February,