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 New Storm Brewing Could Threaten Sandy-Damaged Beaches

By Becky Oskin, OurAmazingPlanet Staff Writer | – Sat, Nov 3, 2012

With coastal communities in New York and New Jersey still reeling from the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy, the last thing the area needs is another storm. But that's exactly what it might get.

A nor'easter is predicted to potentially hit the East Coast next Wednesday (Nov. 7), and beach erosion experts are concerned about further damage to shorelines devastated by Sandy.

As Sandy came ashore, its record surge and pounding waves tore apart or eroded hundreds of miles of dunes and protective sea walls along the East Coast. Hundreds of homes and buildings, which also provided some protection, were destroyed.

The lack of protective dunes and damage to sea walls could lead to lowland flooding near the coast, depending on the wind direction and storm surge from the new storm, even one that isn't expected to approach Sandy's strength.

"The beaches and sand dunes are the first line of defense for coastal communities against storm surge and waves. They're going to take the first brunt of the storms," said Hilary Stockdon, a research oceanographer with the U.S. Geological Survey in Reston, Va. [Infograpic: Timeline of Sandy's Week of Destruction]

First line of defense

Many of the sandy beaches along the Atlantic Coast have become increasingly vulnerable to significant impacts due to erosion during past storms, including Hurricanes Ida (2009) and Irene (2011), as well as large storms in 2005 and 2007, according to the USGS.

Stockdon said Sandy caused extensive erosion to beaches and dunes. The USGS and other agencies are now running aerial and ground surveys to assess the damage.

"There are dunes that have been eroded away completely, so now their protection is gone," Stockdon told OurAmazingPlanet. "That will make these communities more vulnerable to future storms that may not be as strong."

Quick repair and restoration of the coast could be essential to minimizing damage from future storms, whether the one currently brewing or any others that could develop later in the winter. In New York, the Department of Environmental Conservation is issuing emergency permits for storm-related repairs in coastal areas and wetlands.

Natural repair weakened

Farther north, front-end loaders are already pushing sand back onto the beach, said Greg Berman, a coastal geologist with the Woods Hole Institute Sea Grant program in Falmouth, Mass.

During powerful storms like Sandy, surging waves throw sand up and over the beach, where it remains stuck. The beach can't restore itself without access to sand. However, this is also a natural process; beaches aren't stationary, and their location migrates with time, Berman told OurAmazingPlanet. "When you push it back onto the beach, you're circumventing that migration, and it gets harder and harder to do over time," he said.

Sandy's late October arrival also increased coastal vulnerability by removing sand that had been naturally stored offshore for summer beach replenishment, Berman said. During the winter, sand is stored in sandbars and comes back in the summer. "After Sandy, instead of going into a nor'easter system at our best, we're going into it at a weakened condition," Berman said.

Election night downpour

The new storm's path is predicted to move from the Southeast Tuesday night into New Jersey on Wednesday, said Brian McNoldy, a weather researcher at the University of Miami.

"It looks like your average Nor'easter that comes in off the coast," he told OurAmazingPlanet. The forecast is from the same European computer model that eyeballed the projected path of Hurricane Sandy. Its precise strength and route is still uncertain, but the storm will be nowhere near the level of Sandy's tropical-force winds.

Coastal communities hit by the Frankenstorm will see strong onshore winds and waves, though whether the storm will come on land or stay out at sea is still uncertain.

"I think by far the worst impact will be the coastal flooding and erosion, and that's a concern regardless of how far off the coast it is. You'll get pretty strong winds and enhanced swells and waves. I think that's looking pretty certain," McNoldy said.

History of erosion

Beaches on the East Coast have been steadily eroding for 150 years, according to a USGS report released in February 2011. On average, the beaches in New England and the Mid-Atlanticare losing about 1.6 feet (0.5 meters) per year. The worst erosion case was about 60 feet (18 m) per year at the south end of Hog Island, in southern Virginia.

According to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office, Rockaway Beach (on a peninsula in New York City's borough of Queens) was almost completely washed away and the boardwalk was destroyed. Jones Beach (a barrier island off Long Island) was overwashed by ocean. Gilgo Beach's dune system (on Long Island) was almost destroyed, and Ocean Parkway (which runs along the southern end of Long Island) was overwashed. [Video: Sandy's Flooding Aftermath]

In New Jersey, Long Beach Island, a barrier island and popular vacation spot, sustained severe damage, with boats and cars tossed into streets and several feet of sand piled against houses. The island was evacuated before the storm.

Before Sandy's landfall, USGS scientists predicted different types of coastal erosion. Collision is when waves attack the base of dunes and cause erosion. Overwash is when waves and water from storm surges rush over dunes and carry sand farther inland. Inundation is when the storm surge floods the beach and dunes.

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POINT PLEASANT BEACH, N.J. (AP) - A week after Superstorm Sandy pummeled the East Coast, wiping out entire communities, residents were bracing for yet another potentially damaging storm.

A nor'easter taking shape Monday in the Gulf of Mexico was expected to begin its march up the coast, eventually passing within 50 to 100 miles of the wounded New Jersey coastline on Wednesday. The storm was expected to bring winds of up to 55 mph, coastal flooding, up to 2 inches of rain along the shore, and several inches of snow to Pennsylvania and New York.

One of the biggest fears was that the storm could bring renewed flooding to parts of the shore where Sandy wiped out natural beach defenses and protective dunes.

"It's going to impact areas many areas that were devastated by Sandy. It will not be good," said Bruce Terry, the lead forecaster for the National Weather Service.

Some communities were considering again evacuating neighborhoods that were hit hard by Sandy and where residents had only recently been allowed to return. No town had made a final decision to do so as of mid-afternoon Monday.

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg decided against a new round of evacuations.

"When Sandy was coming in, all the signs said that we were going to have a very dangerous, damaging storm, and I ordered a mandatory evacuation of low-lying areas, something that a lot of people don't like to hear," he said. "In this case, we don't think that it merits that. It is a different kind of storm; the wind is coming from a different direction."

In Point Pleasant Beach, N.J., Laura DiPasquale was frantically going through dozens of black plastic trash bags that volunteers had stuffed full of her household belongings and brought to the curb, trying to make sure nothing she intended to keep had gotten tossed out with debris like waterlogged drywall. Already, she had found treasured Christmas ornaments amid the detritus.

"I don't know where anything is; I can't even find my checkbook," she said. "I have no idea what's in any of these bags. And now another storm is coming and I feel enormous pressure. I don't know if I can do this again. It is so overwhelming."

People were advising DiPasquale to just let go of most of the stuff in the bags.

"I found an ornament that says 'Baby's First Christmas.' People said, 'Laura, you don't need that,'" she said. "Yes, I do need that. I'll wash it, or I'll sanitize it, or I'll boil it if I have to. Money means nothing to me. Sentimental stuff is everything."

The new storm was expected to move up the coast Tuesday, past Georgia and South Carolina. By Wednesday morning, it was expected to be off Virginia or Cape Hatteras, N.C.

Terry said the storm could slow down somewhat once it gets off the New Jersey coast, meaning its effects could linger. They include rain, high winds and tidal surges, although less than those that accompanied Sandy.

Coastal flood and high wind watches were in effect for parts of Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

On Staten Island in New York City, Irina Vainauskas and her husband survived Sandy even as water reached the third step of the staircase from their living room to their second floor. They went upstairs with food, water and their cats.

They're prepared to do it again, if necessary.

"Of course we're concerned, but we're just tired to be afraid and to think about everything," she said in her ravaged living room.

"We're survivors. We're from the former Soviet Union," she added. "If we survive the Soviet Union, we will survive this storm, too."

Marilyn Skillender was picking through the pile of her belongings at the curb of her home about two blocks from the ocean in Point Pleasant Beach, worrying about the next storm. She instantly flashed back to a December 1992 nor'easter that pummeled the Jersey shore over two days with widespread flooding and property damage. Her house was inundated in that storm, too.

"Our defenses are down now," she said. "As bad as last week was, if we get new damage, where are they gonna put all the new stuff that's wrecked? If this debris starts floating around, how will we be able to move? All that sand they plowed away, if it comes back again, I don't even want to think about it."

Jim Mauro was one of the few professing not to be overly concerned about the impending nor'easter. A house he owned in Mantoloking was literally wiped off the map by Sandy last week. It wound up in Barnegat Bay.

"What more can it do?" he asked. "I mean, the house is literally gone, right down to the bare sand where it used to be."



Brick Township orders evacuations before next storm

The Record

BRICK TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey community is ordering mandatory evacuations in advance of an approaching nor'easter.

Residents in the low-lying waterfront sections of Brick Township have been told to leave their homes by 6 p.m. Tuesday. Those areas are prone to flooding and storm surge.

Additional information is available on the Ocean County town's website.

Forecasters say the storm, which is packing strong winds, is expected Wednesday afternoon. Officials say structures and trees that were weakened by Sandy are especially vulnerable.

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Just worried that weakened trees wii come down and rain and high winds will hamper power restoration...I'm on day 8 without power and I must say its gotten old

2 minutes ago

To all the people who are victims of Sandy and the coming storm....I am praying for you and my family who are back there with you. Help is there but it takes time to help all affected. Please do not give up cause those of us on the West Coast are doing everything we can to help. Thank God for FEMA which is doing everything it can to help all our brothers and sisters who are hurting.

8 minutes ago

does anybody remember the people who went through andrew we did not get help for weeks and weeks.we went without electric and telephones for 6months. and our community is still not back to what it was preandrew.

9 minutes ago

Every time I see one of these storm or other disaster headlines, whomever writes them almost always writes "Wrecked Havoc," as in the headline of this article It's Wreaked Havoc nitwits. Go back to school before you try to be a journalist, will ya!

11 minutes ago

Red Cross is asking for donations for victims of the hurricane. How much admin cost or overhead expense is there? How much of every dollar goes to the victims. They hold a telethon and the people who need the money don't get to see it. Millions are going to this agency..where are they? They are supposed to supply temporary food, clothing, shelter, and furniture. RED CROSS WHERE ARE YOU!!!

15 minutes ago

What is going on in the North east? where is the gasoline, food and water? these poor people are cold. Mr. Obama, Please stop the campaigning and become a LEADER for once. Everyone has decided who they are voting for already. Once Romney wins.. you and yours will be busy desperately trying to disprove that That you lost. Please take some time to interact with FEMA and other State Agencies to help our Fellow Americans.

1 hour ago
3 replies to artistcm's comment

The so-called President said "we won't forget (to help)...what the he#@ does that mean? When they get back from yet another vacation? Socialist meeting? Or he might have forgotten by the time he returned to Wash.? People please open your eyes tomorrow at your polling places. He's all about show, blow, and no go....

1 hour ago
1 reply to runinonmt1's comment

He has taken less vacations than any President so get your facts straight before you open your mouth.

13 minutes ago

By this time (hurricane plus five days) the liberal media was trashing Bush. All the major cable channels and the big three just couldn't report enough about the Bush administration's lack of planning, action and its disregard for people's feelings. What about FEMA now, you guys? Do you see trailers? Do you see all kinds of federal help arriving to clean up, to feed, clothe, provide subsistence, prescriptions, shelter? No. It's no wonder conservatives want to de-find FEMA. All the help so far is arriving from the state (state militias, e.g.) Other help is just a few blocks away at food and clothing stores which are within walking distance. And it's local restaurants, hardware stores and banks that are helping. Yes, it's the evil private sector that is doing the most.

2 hours ago
1 reply to nedcrouch's comment

By this time there was no help in Katrina.

13 minutes ago
Martha Harmon

My heart goes out to the Sandy victims. We saw the same thing here with Katrina. Only we had to deal with the extreme heat instead of the very cold temperatures they are experiencing. Anyone here notice how much more news coverage Katrina got and the Bush bashing that occurred? The media always protects Obama. The problem is FEMA. Another federal government agency that is a failure. The National Guard were absolutely angels. They never failed to provide us with water, ice and MRE's. We always knew when they were coming by helicopter because they were so reliable. The Red Cross was a joke. Never knew when they were going to close for the day at odd hours. Just a few places within the cities and could have cared less about the rural areas (where most of the population is here on the MS Gulf Coast) and we had no gasoline to get to them most of the time because of the same problem the East Coast is experiencing. FEMA needs to be replaced or restructured. Another extremely bloated federal program that is costing taxpayers billions.

3 hours ago
1 reply to Martha Harmon's comment

How soon you forget how bad it was with Katrina. You had no help until at least 7 days later.

12 minutes ago

Priority for getting power running: 1) Hospitals 2) Fire & Police 3) Government 4) Necessary Businesses...way down the list) Outlying Residential. Sad, but true. Also, utility companies work outwards, and if something near the end of the line is shorted out, broken, etc., they cannot "power up" without potentially shutting down the entire chain. Considering the devastation, it will take a while for crews to fix the damage so they can get utilities running. Finally, over 8 million people were effected by this storm, 8 million clustered into a relatively small area. Back in the 70's, the issue of such areas sustaining themselves in disasters was raised. Simply, too many people dependent on too few and easily disrupted supply lines. That said, we all need to donate to the Red Cross and be thankful that the loss of life was minimal.