Hurricane Fran: 20 years later -- A WRAL Documentary
On September 5, 1996 Hurricane Fran struck the North Carolina coast near Wilmington as a Category 3 storm packing 115 mph winds.
Fran did extensive damage along the coast, which was expected when the storm was forecast to hit our state. What wasn't expected was the amount of damage Fran did in the Raleigh area, toppling tens of thousands of trees, leaving hundreds of thousands of people without power and many stranded in their own neighborhoods. Many people were without power for over a week.
Fran also caused extensive flooding across eastern and central North Carolina. The new 30-minute WRAL Documentary "Fran" looks back on one of our state's costliest and deadliest hurricanes on its 20th anniversary. The story is told through actual WRAL News reports and interviews with survivors, hurricane experts, and some of WRAL's own news and weather staff who covered the storm.
WRAL News Anchor Bill Leslie will host "Fran," which will air on Sept. 1 at 7 p.m. on WRAL.