Nothing can stop the advance of the ocean there, eventually there will be an opening there, as has happened during a couple of hurricanes.
Correct, although as shown in this report below, Ocracoke has major problems too. And if my recall is correct, there are other sections along Pea Island that will become problematic at this rate.zerogee_ca wrote: ↑Wed Sep 23, 2020 2:35 amEndless plowing sand off the road, washouts, road reconstruction, rebuilding dunes, beach replenishment...
I thought that this is the reasoning behind the construction of the "Jug Handle" Bridge at that part of the island. When construction of the bridge is completed, they can let nature take its course in that section of the Island and still have a permanent way to travel safely on and off the island. Eventually a new inlet will exist there separating Pea Island and Hatteras Island.
Hugh2 wrote: ↑Wed Sep 23, 2020 12:54 amNothing can stop the advance of the ocean there, eventually there will be an opening there, as has happened during a couple of hurricanes.
They tried to barricade the ocean at the lighthouse many years ago, but it soon became clear it was futile so they moved it. If you visit the site now you can see the remnants of sea walls etc.
Here's the history of shoreline loss at that location.
In 1870 when it was built, the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse was 1,500 feet from the ocean. By 1919, the ocean had advanced to within 325-350 feet of the tower and by 1935, it was just 100 feet away.
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