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Coastal Change Hazards: Hurricanes and Extreme Storms

Hurricane Sandy

Pre- and Post-Storm Photo Comparisons - North Carolina

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. Breaching, overwash and erosion took place on many barrier islands, including some that are heavily populated and developed. The pre- and post-storm photos below were taken over a 190 km (120 miles) stretch of the North Carolina shoreline. These locations represent a broad range of coastal configurations and their response to the storm. Pre-storm photos were acquired during baseline surveys on August 30-31, 2011, and post-storm photos were acquired November 4-6, 2012.

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Location Map.

pre- and post-storm photos
Location 1: Oblique aerial photographs of Corolla, NC. View looking west along the North Carolina shore. High dunes here were eroded, but no overwash is evident. The yellow arrow in each image points to the same feature. [larger version]

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Location 2: Oblique aerial photographs of Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge, Kinnakeet, NC. View looking west along the North Carolina shore. Extensive overwash is evident here. The road, which must have been buried, is being uncovered by heavy machinery. The yellow arrow in each image points to the same feature. [larger version]

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Location 3: Oblique aerial photographs of Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge, Kinnakeet, NC. View looking west along the North Carolina shore. Overwash transported sand across the island (and road) and an overwash fan was deposited on the marsh and in the estuary. The yellow arrow in each image points to the same feature. [larger version] [larger version]

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Location 4: Oblique aerial photographs of Rodanthe, NC. View looking west along the North Carolina shore. Beach erosion moved the shoreline landward to reach houses built on the beach. Sand on the roads behind the beach indicates landward transport of sand by overwash. The yellow arrow in each image points to the same feature. [larger version]

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Location 5: Oblique aerial photographs of Buxton, NC. View looking west along the North Carolina shore. Beach erosion moved the shoreline landward, reaching the houses built on the beach. Sand in the roads (which was present in the pre-storm photo, taken shortly after hurricane Irene in 2011), indicates overwash. In the foreground, a sand bar is exposed near the shoreline, indicating sand moving back onto the beach. The yellow arrow in each image points to the same feature. [larger version]

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