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Erosion and recovery: Sound-side inundation of Cape Lookout National Seashore during Hurricane Dorian

February 1, 2020

Hurricane Dorian tracked immediately offshore of Cape Lookout National Seashore (which includes the barrier islands of North and South Core Banks) and Ocracoke Island after devastating the Bahamas in early September, 2019. Dorian briefly made landfall at Cape Hatteras as a Category 1 hurricane on September 6 before moving northeast over the Atlantic Ocean. Winds on the Outer Banks, initially more than 40 m/s (about 90 mph) from the southeast, drove ocean waves and storm surge against the islands and pushed water across Pamlico Sound, resulting in elevated water levels in the sound’s northwestern rivers and creeks.

Citation Information

Publication Year 2021
Title Erosion and recovery: Sound-side inundation of Cape Lookout National Seashore during Hurricane Dorian
DOI
Authors Christopher R. Sherwood
Publication Type
Publication Subtype Newsletter
Series Title North Carolina Sentinel Site Cooperative Newsletter
Series Number
Index ID 70221844
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center