Post-Hurricane Irene Aerial Impact Assessment: Duck to Rodanthe, NC
PSDS Director Rob Young surveyed the North Carolina coast following the passage of Hurricane Irene on Sunday, August 28, 2011 and filed the following report:
1) Some dune scarping is visible, but storm surge was less then expected. Even so, Hurricane Irene opened a new inlet on Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge on Hatteras Island (lat:35.684185, lon:-75.482329) in which continued tidal exchange was observed. There is also a small breach north of Rodanthe in the Mirlo Beach area (lat 35.607286, lon: -75.465431).
2) The $30+ Million beach nourishment project at Nags Head survived the storm, although there has been some loss of sand along the beach. In our judgment, Hurricane Irene would not have caused significant damage to any properties, with or without the new beach.
Additional updates will be posted at psds.wcu.edu Rob Young can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 828-506-2216. Andy Coburn can be reached at email@example.com or 828-227-3027.
Aug 28, 2011