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National Assessment of Storm-Induced Coastal Change Hazards

Hurricane Matthew Storm Response

Pre- and Post-Storm Photo Comparisons - Florida

Hurricane Matthew tracked along the Florida Atlantic coastline for several days, causing extensive erosion of the beach and sand dunes. 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, September 6, 2014, and post-storm photos were acquired on October 13, 2016.

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Location 1: Oblique aerial photographs at Stuart, Florida. Oblique aerial photographs collected before (top) and after (bottom) Hurricane Matthew. Storm waves the eroded beach, removing sand and exposing outcrops of old rock and shell deposits (red arrows). The yellow arrow in each image points to the same feature in both photos. [larger version]

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Location 2: Oblique aerial photographs at Kennedy Space Center, Florida. Oblique aerial photographs collected before (top) and after (bottom) Hurricane Matthew. Storm waves and currents eroded beach and dunes creating a break in the dune and allowing sand to overwash into the backshore. The yellow arrows in each image point to the same features in both photos. [larger version]

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Location 3: Oblique aerial photographs in Flagler Beach, Florida. Oblique aerial photographs collected before (top) and after (bottom) Hurricane Matthew. Despite the presence of coastal armoring, State Road A1A was damaged by large waves eroding protective sand dunes and under-cutting the roadway. The yellow arrows in each image point to the same locations in both photos. [larger version]

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Location 4: Oblique aerial photographs in St. Augustine, Florida. Oblique aerial photographs collected before (top) and after (bottom) Hurricane Matthew. A breach opened during the storm due to elevated water levels and large storm waves that overwashed and flooded a low-lying section of the coast. The yellow arrows in each image point to the same features in both photos. [larger version]

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Location 5: Oblique aerial photographs in Vilano Beach, Florida. Oblique aerial photographs collected before (top) and after (bottom) Hurricane Matthew. Storm waves and currents eroded sand dunes and exposed previously buried building foundations. The yellow arrows in each image point to the same buildings in both photos. [larger version]

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