The Atlantic Coast Storm of March 1989
Keywords:Storm surge, wave hindcast, storm waves, sand transport during storms, Outer Banks of North Carolina
A severe northeast storm in March, 1989, resulted in major damage and beach erosion along the mid-Atlantic coast. Our hindcast analysis shows that this storm generated deep-water waves of 1.5m or higher for 115 hours. In terms of erosion along the Virginia-North Carolina coast, it was one of the three highest, total-energy storms for the period 1942-1989.