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Aerial Photos of Outer Banks Show Coastal Damage from Hurricane Irene

 Thursday, September 8, 2011

 U.S. Geological Survey

A series of before and after aerial photos of the Outer Banks show the impact of Hurricane Irene on the coastline, highlighting several breaches that severed a state highway and moved large volumes of sand inland. The series features five photo pairs that show coastal change in areas from Cape Lookout to Oregon Inlet.
Hurricane Irene made direct landfall near Cape Lookout on August 27. Because of the right-angle shape of the Outer Banks, barrier islands facing southeast experienced different coastal changes than those islands facing east.
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