While floods and heavy rainfall affected some of the eastern part of the state, Bonnie was relatively calm when compared to earlier storms such as Fran. At this time Alex was at 38.5° N (690 km south-southwest of Halifax, Nova Scotia), moving east-northeastward at 20–25 knots, and over waters just above 26 °C — not factors normally associated with major hurricanes. The National Hurricane Center's Tropical Cyclone Reports contain comprehensive information on each tropical cyclone, including synoptic history, meteorological statistics, casualties and damages, and the post-analysis best track (six-hourly positions and intensities). In 1998 North Carolina was hit again, this time by Hurricane Bonnie, a category two storm that hit Onslow County on 27 August. Hurricane Bonnie was a major hurricane that made landfall in North Carolina, United States, inflicting severe crop damage.The second named storm, first hurricane, and first major hurricane of the 1998 Atlantic hurricane season, Bonnie developed from a tropical wave that emerged off the coast of Africa on August 14. Hurricane Juan in 1985 was the first hurricane to cause at least a billion in damage and not be retired; its name was retired on a later usage in 2003 that did not cause over a billion in damage. Georges strengthened to a hurricane on September 17th and reached Category 4 intensity on September 19th. The name Alex has been used for a total of 11 tropical cyclones worldwide: Four in the Atlantic Ocean, four in the West Pacific Ocean and three in the South Indian Ocean.. North Atlantic Ocean: Tropical Storm Alex (1998), a weak storm that never affected land. Tropical cyclones include depressions, storms and hurricanes. Hurricane Georges formed on September 15, 1998 as a tropical depression 300 miles south southwest of the Cape Verde Islands in the far eastern Atlantic. Alex strengthened and became a major hurricane (category 3) at 00:00 UTC on 5 August, with winds of 105 knots and a minimum pressure of 957 hPa. Still, Bonnie was responsible for a few deaths and economic losses estimated at $480 million. Georges tracked across Puerto Rico, the island of Hispaniola, and eastern Cuba from the evening of the 21st through the 24th.