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Hurricane Dorian pushed sand onto ENC beaches

SURF CITY, NC (WITN) – Hurricane Dorian caused devastation from the Bahamas up to the Outer Banks, but some beach towns say the storm benefited them.

Surf City and North Topsail Beach both observed more sand since the storm and little to no damage. Carteret County officials also said there’s more sand on Crystal Coast beaches.

Hurricane Florence had the opposite effect Last year, washing the sand away, to a point that dunes were half their normal height in some areas.

Dorian caused relatively minimal damage on Topsail Island and the Crystal Coast, and leaders are happy to see the much-needed sand building up.

Surf City Mayor Douglas Medlin said, “And then if you walk up and down the beach you can see steps that are covered. We’re normally after a hurricane you’d have a big drop at the end of all the walkways”

Greg Rudolph with the Carteret County Shore Protection Office said the hurricane‘s path was similar to a past storm and with similar outcomes.

“Dorian, when it crossed Onslow Bay, had a very similar path to Matthew. Both location wise and in forwarding speed, and in Matthew we saw a little bit of a gain of sand where your eyeballs see it right at the base of the dune, The flat part of the beach, and low and behold, with Dorian, we saw almost the exact same thing.”

Several beach towns had to budget after Hurricane Florence to bring in more sand and pay contractors to rebuild the dunes. The mayor of Surf City said sand from Hurricane Dorian was a great and free way to help restore the dunes.