Ana Brings Rain, Wind And Beach Erosion To NC Coast

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By / Local News / Tuesday, 12 May 2015 04:00

By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
Managing Editor

CAROLINA BEACH - Tropical Storm Ana, made landfall in the area of Myrtle Beach, SC at around 6AM Sunday May 10th and by 2PM the storm was downgraded to a Tropical Depression.
The storm brought mostly strong wind gusts and heavy rainfall to the Cape Fear region. Area beaches experienced significant beach erosion leaving many areas with steep escarpments or cliffs where waves had carved into the sand. (See photo on page 10-A). Ana was the second earliest tropical storm on record for the Atlantic prior to the start of hurricane season which runs from June 1st through November 30th. According to the National Weather Service, early Sunday morning NOAA buoy 41013, located about 35 miles south-southeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina, and a WeatherFlow observing site at Oak Island, North Carolina, reported a sustained wind of 38 mph with a gust to 47 mph. Other areas reported wind gusts slightly higher than 55mph for brief periods.
Rainfall was reported to be 5.34 inches in Kure Beach while only 3.16 inches at the Wilmington International Airport.
Town Manager Michael Cramer reported a little over a mile long area of escarpment between two and six feet high. About 300 yards of a rock revetment on the north end of the Island near the Carolina Beach Fishing Pier had been exposed.
He also reported the loss of "one whole dune approximately 100 yards long 12 feet deep and 12 feet high. He explained knocking down the escarpment (cliff) of sand and restacking rocks on the rock revetment will likely cost approximately $12,000 to $15,000.
The Army Corp of Engineers - who surveys and permits beach nourishment projects for the Town - visited the area Tuesday to survey the erosion. Since no disaster declaration was ordered, federal funding is not available but there may be some funding available at some point in the near future.
Officials say the early storm is not an indicator the 2015 Hurricane season will be more or less active than previously predicted.

The Kure Beach Pier experienced some rough surf, but very mild in comparison to actual tropical storms. Ana was a tropical depression  and caused mostly beach erosion in our area.  (Photo: Willard Killough III)

Beach erosion in Carolina Beach on Sunday afternoon May 10th. (Photo: Debra LeCompte)

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