The heavily overcast sky, thick fog and light mist seemed appropriate for my first look at the oceanfront in the town of Emerald, Isle on the western end of the Bogue Banks of North Carolina. The first view I saw after reaching the beachfront was this huge debris field that was left in the wake of the storm surge from Hurricane Florence that breached and virtually wiped out the barrier dunes.
The pile of wood you can see on the beach in the distance is what’s left of the walkways that bridged the dunes and connected the oceanfront homes to the beach. These debris piles dot the beach every 50-75 yards for miles.
This view is telling. To the far right of the picture you can see the remains of a beach walkway and a stairway. Those stairs connected to a higher level of the walkway that bridged the giant barrier dune along the beachfront. It will give you an idea of how much of the dune line was destroyed.
To my untrained eye, most of the beach front homes look to have survived the storm surge pretty much intact, though I have no clue as to water damage to the interiors and exteriors.
The western end of the Bogue Banks (the island is situated pretty much East West) seems to have borne the brunt of Hurricane Florence. This would make sense since Florence made landfall just south of here, near Wilmington, NC. The cleanup is well underway and soon, the beaches will be cleared. More lasting will be the destruction of much of the barrier dune line. I suspect the local authorities will move to rebuild the dune line, but for the forseeable future, oceanfront homes here are wide open to the whims of the Atlantic Ocean. Thank you for visiting and have a good week ahead. See you next time