Sandy Changes Elevation of Fire Island, NY

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By Quincy Vagell on December 3, 2012, 3:00pm Last modified: December 4, 2012, 3:42pm

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The image above, courtesy of the USGS, shows how the storm surge and strong winds from Hurricane Sandy literally changed the landscape of Fire Island on Long Island, N.Y.

As Hurricane Sandy churned towards the New Jersey coast, the storm pushed a wall of water up to the northwest. The result was water levels several feet above normal and in some cases the water level rise was more than 10 feet above normal levels.

Fire Island is an exposed island on the south side of Long Island. The island is susceptible to storm surges, but the water level rise from Sandy was about as devastating as the area as ever seen. A portion of the island was literally split in half. Where there used to be several feet of land, there is now water creating a new inlet. Water cut through dunes that were in some cases 6 to 12 feet above mean sea level.

For more information from the USGS, click here.

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