Carol formed as a tropical storm near the Bahamas on August 25 and became a hurricane over the next few days. As it approached the United States, it followed a path very similar to that of Hurricanes Gloria and Bob, briefly making landfall along the Outer Banks of North Carolina before directly striking Long Island, New York. Both landfalls were near the storm's peak intensity, with winds at landfall of around 100 mph (160 km/h). As it passed Virginia, Carol accelerated rapidly so that its forward speed approached 35 mph (55 km/h). It swept from Connecticut through central New England towards the coast. It went as far north as Maine before September 1, diminishing as it swept up into Canada.
Formed August 25, 1954
Dissipated September 1, 1954
Highest winds 100 mph (160 km/h) sustained
Lowest pressure 976 mbar (hPa)
Damages $4.1 billion (2005 dollars)
Fatalities 68 direct
Areas affected Bahamas, North Carolina, New York, New England, southern Quebec