Hurricane Bertha caused an estimated $250 million to $270 million in total damage. Most of the damage caused by the hurricane occurred in North Carolina.
Of the estimated total damage caused by Bertha, $135 million was insured damage. North Carolina sustained $100 million of this type of damage. It is also estimated that $40 million was lost in the tourism industry due to 125,000 people being evacuated in the Carolinas and Georgia. Much of the storm damage was caused by coastal flooding, beach erosion, roof damage and downed trees. There were 199 structures destroyed, many of which were mobile homes. An estimated eight to 12 deaths were also attributed to the storm. Bertha struck the United States on July 12, 1996, with wind speeds of 70 to 90 knots. Landfall occurred in North Carolina, between Wrightsville Beach and Topsail Beach.