Recovery from third storm begins
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On Tuesday, October 19, 1999, eastern North Carolina was recovering from Hurricane Irene, the third storm in the past two months. First, there was Hurricane Dennis, which battered the coast for a week before coming inland and dumping up to 8 inches of rain. Two weeks later, Floyd poured 20 inches of rain on the region, causing record flooding and damage and 49 deaths. Another 8 inches fell less than two weeks after that. Irene came next. Barely a hurricane, Irene soaked the soggy coastal plain with up to 11 inches of rain before veering out into the Atlantic without making landfall. In the photo, crews can be seen at Jack's Creek working overtime due to recent storms.