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Coastal Change Hazards: Hurricanes and Extreme Storms

Hurricane Sandy

Pre- and Post-Storm Photo Comparisons - New York

Hurricane Sandy's landfall affected the coastlines over a broad swath of mid-Atlantic and North-eastern states, including New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, and North Carolina. The effects included breaching, overwash, and erosion of the many barrier islands along the coast, some of which were heavily populated and developed and sustained damage. Here, photos pairs are used to compare the pre-storm and post-storm conditions at locations representing a broad range of coastal configurations and their response to the storm. Pre-storm photos were acquired during a baseline survey May 21, 2009 and post-storm photos were acquired November 4-6, 2012.

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Location 1: Oblique aerial photographs of Bridgehampton, New York. The view is looking northwest across the south shore of Long Island towards Mecox Bay. This location is a very narrow and periodically opens during large storms. Large volumes of material were transported into Mecox Bay when it breached during the storm. One week after the storm, the breach was being closed by mechanical means. The yellow arrow in each image points to the same feature. [larger version]

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Location 2: Oblique aerial photographs Cupsogue Beach, New York. The view is looking northwest across West Hampton towards Moriches Bay. The breach that formed during Sandy is just east of Moriches Inlet, which formed during a large nor'easter storm in 1931 and was stabilized in the 1950s. The yellow arrow in each image points to the same feature. [larger version]

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Location 3: Oblique aerial photographs of Pelican Island and Fire Island, New York. The view is looking northwest across Fire Island towards Great South Bay. This location is within Fire Island National Seashore near Old Inlet—a very narrow portion of the island that has experienced breaching in previous large storms. The island breached during Sandy, creating a new inlet. Despite the breach, the fishing shack (yellow arrow) remained standing. [larger version]

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Location 4: Oblique aerial photographs of Ocean Bay Park, Fire Island, New York. The view is looking northwest across Fire Island towards Great South Bay. Overwash from the beach and narrow dunes carried sand inland towards the interior and bayside of the island, and numerous houses were destroyed or severely damaged. The yellow arrow in each image points to the same feature. [larger version]

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Location 5: Oblique aerial photographs of Neponsit, New York. The view is looking northwest across Rockaway Peninsula, adjacent to New York Harbor. Sand was washed from the beach into the streets, and towards the bayside of the island, and several rows of ocean-facing houses were destroyed or damaged. The yellow arrow in each image points to the same feature. [larger version]


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