Hurricanes Fran and Floyd struck North Carolina within three years of each other in the 1990s.

In September 1996, Fran became the worst ecocnomic disaster ever recorded in the state. Hurricane-force gusts blew inland as far as Raleigh.

The flooding left by Floyd in 1999 became infamous. The storm flooded 4.2 million acres, and entire towns, including Princeton, were left under water. Fifty-seven people died, including 35 in North Carolina.