|Category 3 hurricane (SSHS)|
|Duration||August 23 – September 8|
|Intensity||120 mph (195 km/h) (1-min), 946 mbar (hPa)|
Fran was a Cape Verde-type hurricane that developed from a tropical wave to the southeast of Cape Verde on August 23. The depression moved west for several days and was upgraded to Tropical Storm Fran on August 27 while 1,036 miles (1,667 km) east of the Lesser Antilles. Fran tracked west-northwestward and intensified into a hurricane on August 29. However, Fran became less organized, possibly due to Hurricane Edouard and weakened back to a tropical storm. Fran quickly re-intensified into a hurricane by August 31. As the storm continued toward the west-northwest and gradually curved north-northwestward, Fran slowly strengthened, and eventually peaked as a low-end Category 3 hurricane on September 5. Early on the following day, Fran made landfall near Cape Fear, North Carolina with winds of 115 mph (185 km/h).
Fran weakened and moved inland. Its remnants moved over the Great Lakes and were absorbed by a front on September 10.
Hurricane Fran was responsible for 26 deaths, most from inland flooding. Property damage was estimated at $3.2 billion (1996 USD, $4.48 billion 2011 USD).