How Do Storms Affect Coastlines?
ES1608  How Do Storms Affect Coastlines?

Major storms can dramatically change how a coast looks. Such storms represent a break in the normal processes that occur along coasts. Significant erosion, transport, and deposition of sediment occur during storms.

National Ocean Service
Beach erosion is a common result of the high waves that occur when hurricanes move onto land.
NOAA
This 16-foot-high wave is part of a storm surge associated with Hurricane Eloise, a hurricane that hit Florida's panhandle region in 1975.
NOAA
High winds generate intense waves. Both wind and waves contribute to reshaping coasts during storms. This scene is from Miami, Florida in 1945.
USGS
Beach sand deposited by high winds and waves covered the road near these homes.

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