The wrath of Irene: before and after

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The U.S. Geological Survey published online a series of aerial photos showing before and after photos of North Carolina’s Outer Banks, where the barrier islands suffered multiple breaches and waterfront homes were threatened.

Assessments estimated that maximum storm surge along the ocean-facing side of the barrier islands from Cape Lookout to Cape Hatteras was roughly 6 feet. Additionally, 23-foot wave heights were observed on the open coast contributed to both setup and runup.

Click here for the photos and explanations from the USGS.