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Pre Season Hurricane #2 - May 29-30, 1908

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A rare pre-season hurricane weakened to a tropical storm as it passed very near Cape Hatteras on May 29th, 1908. It then weakened further passing very close to Montauk Point and then inland over eastern New England as a minimal tropical storm. From a point near coastal New Hampshire it merged with an extratropical low as it bisected the state of Maine on its northward track.

A ship report indicated sustained winds near 80 miles per hour off the southeast coast between Cape Lookout, NC and Frying Pan Shoals on the 29th. Later that day the peak winds of the storm were estimated at 65 mph as it passed nearly over Cape Hatteras. Peak sustained winds are believed to have been near 40 miles per hour as the storm struck the northeast on May 30th.

At Cape Hatteras, a barometer reading of 29.19 inches (988 millibars) was recorded as the storm went by.

Some wind and rain reports for the hurricane are listed in the tables below:

LOCATION SPEED DIRECTION
DATE
Cape Henry, VA 58 mph N 5/29
Hatteras, NC 54 mph 5/30
Norfolk, VA 40 mph NW 5/30
Boston, MA 36 mph SE 5/30
Providence, RI 34 mph SE 5/30

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