Hurricane Isabel was the costliest and deadliest hurricane of the 2003 season, claiming lives and causing extensive damage and flooding across North Carolina and Virginia.
As a Category 2 storm, Isabel made landfall along the Outer Banks of North Carolina on Sept. 18, 2003. The storm killed 17 people and caused more than $3 billion in damage.
"Isabel is considered one of the most significant tropical cyclones to affect northeast North Carolina, east central Virginia, and the Chesapeake and Potomac regions since Hurricane Hazel in 1954 and the Chesapeake-Potomac Hurricane of 1933," according to NOAA.
Storm surge of more than 8 feet resulted in flooding for all rivers that flowed into the Chesapeake Bay across Virginia, Maryland, Delaware and Washington, D.C.
A severe snow/wind storm struck Iowa and Minnesota. During this storm, the term "blizzard" was first used to describe a severe snowstorm. The "new" word appeared in the "Easterville (Iowa) Vindicator".
A strong (F3) tornado cut through the center of Nashville, Tennessee. 1400 homes were damaged or destroyed. 11 people were killed and total damage was 1.5 million dollars.
A coastal storm dumped very heavy snow over northern New England. Caribou, Maine received 28.6 inches of snow in 24 hours, by far its greatest 24 hour snowfall on record. 36 inches of snow fell at Telos Lake, Maine. Some sections of Vermont recorded 30 inches and up to 26 inches fell in portions of New Hampshire.
Record cold followed in the wake of the "Blizzard of '93" over the eastern U.S. with 57 daily record low temperatures broken. Birmingham, Alabama plunged to 2 degrees, by far breaking its previous March record low of 11 degrees. Orlando, Florida recorded 33 degrees to smash its old daily record low by 9 degrees. It was also its coldest temperature ever recorded for so late in the season.
Marquette, Michigan was buried under 28.0 inches of snow in 24 hours for its greatest 24 hour snowfall on record. 32.4 inches total fell for the storm. Snow depth reached 63 inches, also a new record for the city. Rochester, Minnesota measured 12.6 inches from the storm to push its seasonal snowfall total to 78.1 inches -- its snowiest winter ever. Green Bay, Wisconsin recorded 17.5 inches and Wautoma, Wisconsin checked in with 28 inches.
An EF2 tornado tracked through downtown Atlanta, Georgia, killing 1, injuring 30, and doing $25 million in damages. The tornado passed perilously close (300 feet) to the Georgia Dome which had an SEC Basketball Game in progress.