Nor'easter Expected to Deliver Another Punch to Shore

Another coastal storm will affect Ocean City on Wednesday and Thursday.

Forecasters expect another coastal storm to drench Ocean City on Wednesday and Thursday — a little more than a week after a massive storm caused record flooding on the island and led to a mandatory three-day evacuation.

"Unfortunately, a strong coastal storm appears likely for the latter half of the coming week," National Weather Service forecasters wrote in a Sunday evening update. "While there is still some uncertainty regarding the precise track and timing, substantial impacts are expected from this storm, many of which will be greater due to the damage caused by Sandy."

NBC40 meteorologist Dan Skeldon suggested in a Sunday report that the storm would likely pass closest between noon Wednesday and noon Thursday, dumping 1 to 2 inches of rain driven by steady northeast winds (with gusts of 40 to 50 mph along the shore).

Unlike the remnants of Hurricane Sandy — which hit Ocean City on a full-moon tide — the mid-week tides are not expected to be astronomically high. But with strong northeast winds and heavy rains, moderate flooding is likely.

With dune systems flattened at the north and south ends of Ocean City, the chance of ocean water reaching streets and homes for the second time in two weeks increases.

Public workers have been piling sand to create temporary berms to hold back the ocean. At Waverly Beach, a line of now-exposed geotubes held through last week's storm and provide some protection.

"I'll stress again ... this will NOT be a Sandy," Skeldon wrote in a Facebook update. "But this nor'easter will have greater impacts than usual because of Sandy."

John Maddonni Sr November 05, 2012 at 12:15 PM
I beleive the dunes, constructed of sand, is no way to protect the ocean from ravishing the island. If redesigned, it is possible is would have saved most of the clean up now in progress.
GG BUrnell November 05, 2012 at 12:35 PM
The dunes saved us in Sea Isle as the Ocean did not breach them and meet the waters of the back bay.
Libby Liess November 05, 2012 at 01:00 PM
The dunes in conjunction with the bulkhead definitely protected us in Ocean City! I live on the beach mid-island. We have a neighbor who several years ago shoveled out the dune so he could have an "ocean view." The surge gushed through the opening and filled the area behind the dune by the bulkhead. After watching this, i can say both are essential......the dune and the bulkhead.
Bob November 05, 2012 at 01:13 PM
John, Read every coastal engineering book published in the last thirty years and you will see how important the dunes are.
Mike Hazley November 05, 2012 at 02:00 PM
agree with all of the above , but maybe a combination of some sort of concrete under the dunes similar to those constructed around the house on 49th street.( stick out house) which seemed to work very well . Might be a little expensive up front but might be worth it for the long haul .
Bob November 05, 2012 at 02:31 PM
There are two books that puts beach processes and the history of development in laymans terms. The first being Against The Tide: The Battle for America's Beaches by Cornelia Dean . It's about ten years old now, but it puts policies and the history of development and beach protection in perspective. The second book, Atlantic Coast Beaches: A Guide to Ripples, Dunes, and Other Natural Features of the Seashore coauthored by several coastal scientists is more about the constructive and deconstructive processes that act on the beach, but it's very cleary written.
Joanne Lukens November 05, 2012 at 03:14 PM
Thank heaven for the dunes. I find it unbelievable that the city is even thinking of making changes to the beach and dune zone that would allow it to be developed. The New York Times recently ran an article that said that up and down the Jersey Shore, municipalities will be be rethinking their dune system and planning how to strengthen them. Why then is the Ocean City city council even considering an ordiance to the master plan that would allow homeowners in that area to enlarge their homes? All because one homeowner sued the city after the zoning board voted down his request to enlarge his house!
Mike November 05, 2012 at 03:35 PM
Without the dunes how much more water could have filled the island and, would it have created a different outcome than what we have now? we certainly wouldn't be digging out of this with front loaders nor would our drainage systems be sand packed.
Leslie Skibo November 05, 2012 at 03:55 PM
The dunes and the Geotubes saved us! Please residents, visitors and surfers - don't walk on either one. Geotubes, once torn, cannot be fixed. Dunes are priceless. thank you
Kirk November 05, 2012 at 04:10 PM
I have heard with the lifting of some of the EPA mandates that we are able to reuse some of the potentially contaminated sand. (Good for protection, may not be the best long term, but I am no expert!) I am hoping they get some dunes at third street! But I am sure that all the folks working are taking all of this into account.
Kirk November 05, 2012 at 04:16 PM
Leslie, I especially agree about the geotubes. Even when the sand around and on top of the tubes is gone, the tubes give a great deal of protection in the form of "transient" bulkheads if you will. A few years ago, the Surfrider foundation (great organization as a whole in my opinion!) came out against bulkheads and geotubes. I disagreed then, and disagree now. We need them (in my opinion)
CTA November 05, 2012 at 11:14 PM
There is no sand on the streets of Avalon.....no ocean over wash during either high tide of the storm. None! Why? The biggest strongest dune system in the state.....the real estate folks had no chance of selling those lots after 62, the boro aggressively protected the dune system for 50 years and the result was no ocean over wash. Of course there was back bay flooding.....but over all Avalon is in better shape post storm than any other coastal town......the real estate folks didn't rape the shoreline here in the 70's and 80's as happened in most other shore towns. Long term planning works....
Dan November 05, 2012 at 11:36 PM
Can you please report that neighbor. I always thought the dunes were protected and fines were imposed for idiots who willfully destroyed them!
John Maddonni Sr November 05, 2012 at 11:44 PM
I do respect all the comments. However, we are disgussing today, 2012, SANDY. From what I see the dunes are very important, but they must be constructed differently to be able to withstand the force of the ocean and not erode easely.. The enterences to the beach will have to be modified, lowered to a height .so beach goers can navigate.
John Maddonni Sr November 06, 2012 at 12:01 AM
The dunes sould be replaced with a revetment that will not erode so easely and wash away. The Corps of Engineers can advise the building of this project..
CTA November 06, 2012 at 02:00 AM
John, you need a course in modern geology of coastal areas......low dunes are useless and hard structures increase the rate of sand lost on a shoreline.... Look around the islands.
Libby Liess November 06, 2012 at 02:52 AM
Dan......in response to your comment......the police were called and they did stop him. Not sure if fines were imposed. But the dune was never rebuilt. Going forward, any work the city does to repair our dunes since the hurricane will be closely monitored by ME. If i see one shovelful of sand taken away the city will know and I hope they do the right thing.


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