Andrew92 wrote: NCHurricane wrote:
I don't think they officially call it a strike unless the exact center crosses a landmass.
Not 100% sure on that though.
But the exact centers of Alex last year and Emily in '93 did not, and they are counted as strikes. That is the basis for my question.
I'm not sure if there's a difference between "strike" and "landfall"...
But from the Tropical Cyclone Report on Alex:
Alex made its closest approach to land near 1700 UTC, with its center located about 9 n mi southeast of Cape Hatteras, while the western eyewall of the hurricane raked the Outer Banks with sustained Category 1 hurricane force winds."
Although the center of Alex remained offshore (and therefore Alex technically did not make landfall), the western portion of the eyewall passed over the North Carolina Outer Banks on 3 August.
Perhaps Alex struck the Outer Banks, but it did not make landfall. The same will likely hold for Ophelia.