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National Assessment of Storm-Induced Coastal Change Hazards

Hurricane Matthew Storm Response

Pre- and Post-Storm Photo Comparisons - North Carolina

Hurricane Matthew tracked offshore of the North Carolina coastline on October 8 and 9, 2016 as a Category 1 storm, 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 baseline surveys on October 9, 2015 and February 18 and 19, 2016, and post-storm photos were acquired on October 15, 2016.

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Location 1: Oblique aerial photographs at Kure Beach, North Carolina. Oblique aerial photographs collected before (top) and after (bottom) Hurricane Matthew. Storm waves and surge eroded the beach and dunes on either side of the sand bags protecting the buildings on the left. The yellow arrows in each image point to the same features in both photos. [larger version]

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Location 2: Oblique aerial photographs at Lea-Hutaff Island, North Carolina. Oblique aerial photographs collected before (top) and after (bottom) Hurricane Matthew. Storm waves and surge eroded the beach and transported sand landward in a location where previous overwash into the marsh had occurred. 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 at North Topsail Beach, North Carolina. Oblique aerial photographs collected before (top) and after (bottom) Hurricane Matthew. Storm waves and surge eroded and overwashed artificial sand dunes placed at the back of the beach to protect buildings and parking lots. The yellow arrows in each image point to the same features in both photos. [larger version]

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Location 4: Oblique aerial photographs at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Oblique aerial photographs collected before (top and middle) and after (bottom) Hurricane Matthew. Storm waves and surge have repeatedly overwashed the dunes at this location, transporting sand landward into the marsh. 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 at Hatteras, North Carolina. Oblique aerial photographs collected before (top and middle) and after (bottom) Hurricane Matthew. Storm waves and surge breached the low dunes at this location multiple times allowing water to flow across the island during storm events and transporting sand into the back bay. The yellow arrows in each image point to the same features in both photos. [larger version]

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Location 6: Oblique aerial photographs at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. Oblique aerial photographs collected before (top) and after (bottom) Hurricane Matthew. Storm waves and surge eroded the the dunes and exposed State Road 12 to wave attack, undercutting the roadway. The yellow arrows in each image point to the same features in both photos. [larger version]

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