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Dorian’s Swells Arrive Ahead of Storm

BOGUE BANKS — Long-period waves, those with a greater than normal distance from crest to crest, race up the beach to the dune line Sunday at Fort Macon State Park just before high tide.

Video shows the effects at the park just after 9 a.m.

Greg Rudolph with the Carteret County Shore Protection Office, which surveys beach erosion and manages renourishment projects, said long-period waves force the water far up the beach well ahead of any hurricane, and at high tide, water may approach or reach the dunes, as was the case Sunday morning.

“Like clockwork this started occurring late Saturday,” Rudolph stated in comments he shared Monday with the county Beach Commission and with Coastal Review Online.

He said the waves’ arrival was confirmed in data from the Onslow Bay buoy No. LEJ3.

Rudolph said that photos would be taken Tuesday morning and after the storm has passed at customary points along Bogue Banks for comparison to assess any erosion damage to the beach.

Data from the Onslow Bay buoy shows the wave period jump from about 6 seconds to more than 10 seconds on Saturday.

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Mark Hibbs

Mark Hibbs is editor of Coastal Review Online. A native of coastal North Carolina, Mark joined Coastal Review Online in 2015, after more than 20 years with the Carteret County News-Times, where he served as a staff writer and photographer, business editor and assistant to the editor. Mark has won numerous awards for his reporting, including numerous N.C. Press Association awards, the American Shore and Beach Preservation Association's Friend of the Coast Media Award and the U.S. Small Business Administration’s 2009 Small Business Journalist of the Year Award for the Southeast Region. Mark is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.