Hurricane Florence could inflict the hardest hurricane punch North Carolina has seen in years. The storm is currently approaching as a Category 2, though it was considered a Category 4 storm at one point as it churned across the Atlantic.
North Carolina has been hit by only one Category 4 storm since reliable record-keeping began in the 1850s. That was Hurricane Hazel in 1954. Hurricane Hugo made landfall in South Carolina as a Category 4 hurricane in 1989.
Look back at Hazel, Hugo and other historic storms from North Carolina's history in the video above.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
North Carolina hurricanes: Hurricane Hazel, Hugo, Fran and other major storms throughout history
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