The Atlantic Coast Storm of March 1989

Robert Dolan, Douglas L. Inman, Bruce Hayden


A severe northeast storm in March, 1989, resulted in major damage and beach erosion along the mid-Atlantic coast. Our hindcast analysis shows that this storm generated deep-water waves of 1.5m or higher for 115 hours. In terms of erosion along the Virginia-North Carolina coast, it was one of the three highest, total-energy storms for the period 1942-1989.



Storm surge; wave hindcast; storm waves; sand transport during storms; Outer Banks of North Carolina

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