Hurricane Belle was a Category 3 Atlantic Hurricane in August 1976. The storm, at one point, had winds around 120 miles per hour before it moved northward up the East Coast of the United State. The storm formed on August 6; it became Tropical Storm Belle on August 7. Later on, August 7, it became a hurricane. On August 9, Belle's winds peaked at 120 miles per hour. Because of Hurricane Belle's proximity to the United State, hurricane watches were issued from Georgia all the way up to Maine. The hurricane brushed the North Carolina coast with. Unlike most storms that threaten the Northeastern United States, Belle didn't accelerate as it came closer to land. In the late-night hours of August 9, Belle came ashore as a minimal hurricane near Jones Beach on Long Island then crossed Long Island Sound and hit New England, with gusts hit 87 mph at Bridgeport, CT. Belle took twelve lives when it struck the East Coast of the United States. Damage was $100 million ore almost half a billion in 2021 dollars.
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