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Brotherjohn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-15-03 12:43 PM
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27. I didn't know a hurricane could maintain so long inland until Danny...
...in our area a couple of years back.

It was the strangest thing. It came "inland", actually entering Mobile Bay, and stayed there for at least a full day, and DID NOT WEAKEN! It maintained 80-90mph winds and just sat there.

And Mobile Bay is undoubtedly shallower, and smaller, than the Chesapeake. Parts of it you can walk across, and parts were drained dry during the storm. The winds just pushed the water out (and flooded other parts). The east shore of the bay got some 40 INCHES of rain in 24hrs.

So I wouldn't rule out the possibility of the storm shooting up the Chesapeake. It probably hasn't ever happened b/c you're so far north (less storms on average), and just because you're talking about hitting a bullseye on a dartboard, from a geographic standpoint. It's one thing to strike the immediate area of the mouth of the bay (which has probably happened), but it's another to do so at such an angle that it goes right up the bay. A hurricane has never, to my knowledge, head up the mouth of the Mississippi either, but it will happen some day. And the Chesapeake is a wider target.
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