A tropical storm was first observed east of the Bahamas on September 6, 1857. It moved slowly northwestward toward the coast of the United States and attained hurricane strength early on September 9. The storm continued traveling northwest along the US coast, becoming a Category 2 hurricane off the coast of Georgia on September 11. On September 13 the cyclone made landfall near Wilmington, North Carolina, but then quickly weakened to a tropical storm and turned eastward into the Atlantic on September 14.
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