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Tropical Storm Nicole Nov 10 Update

Fred Hay, DNR Sapelo Island Manager, reports that Sapelo Island experienced some moderate flooding on Thursday, with extensive damage to the beach pavillion and dunes. His report is below.


We had an extremely high tide this morning and much of it is still in the creeks and on the marshes. I’m guessing that the tide was about 14" lower than Hurricane Irma’s surge in 2019. We had lots of water over the roads, about 12" in the lighthouse, some water on the ground floor at UGAMI and water under houses both in the community and along the western side. Water was over the roads in many places and Marsh Landing’s parking area was completely covered. 

A couple words of caution, the beach pavilion lost its stairs down to the beach and an additional 15' or so of dunes were lost behind the pavilion. I’ve taped it off until we can have a more thorough integrity assessment.  The beach has been hit hard.  Also, there is lots of mud and marsh wrack at Marsh Landing so please be careful if you’re down there before we can get it swept and cleaned. The walkways could be slippery. 

Tonight’s high tide could be a little worse than this morning but I’m ever hopeful that it won’t be. Multiple factors here including wind speed, wind direction, lower lunar prediction are in our favor but the amount of water left over from this morning is significant. Evening high tide is at 10:40pm but today's peak was nearly 2 hours later than predicted due to the onshore winds. I think the flood danger period is going to last into the early hours of Friday morning.

Ferry service will resume as soon as conditions allow on Friday morning. I don't expect we'll run first thing because we'll need to assess the temporary gangways, etc., at Meridian before allowing foot traffic on them. Look for another update tomorrow morning about the ferry and feel free to call me if you have any questions or concerns.

Thank you,

Fred Hay, Jr.
Sapelo Island Manager

(Contact Wade Sheldon for additional information)

submitted Nov 11, 2022


This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under grants OCE-9982133, OCE-0620959, OCE-1237140 and OCE-1832178. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in the material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.