Hatteras damage from Hurricane Dennis

September 9, 1999

 
 
 
 
bil kleb (That's right, one "l" in bil, and all lower case) was wanting to fly down to Hatteras along the oceanfront to check out the storm damage and I needed a platform to shoot some aerials for my retinex work (I do have to work sometime ya know). So we teamed up and did a low level recon mission from Sandbridge to the Hatteras lighthouse. He flew the plane and I fumbled around with three cameras and a bag of pretzels. I spilled the pretzels. (photo not available)

 
 
 
 

Nikon F3 Nikkor 80-200 f2.8; Kodak Royal Gold 400

This is the Downunder restaurant in Rodanthe. What used ot be the parking lot is now a sandbox. You can see the construciton vehicles clearing the sand.

 
 
 
 

Nikon F3; Nikkor 80-200mm f2.8; Kodak Royal Gold 400

This is a view looking southward from the Canadian Hole, from over the Pamlico Sound, toward the old location of the Hatteras lighthouse. It is just out of the picture to the right. The parking lot for the Canadian Hole is in the foreground. The break through is seen as the lighter area at the top right of the picture. You can see how the road now deviates toward the sound and back. Note the lighter colored sand from the ocean side has migrated all the way to the sound at this point.

 
 
 
 

Nikon F3; Nikkor 80-200mm f2.8; Kodak Royal Gold 400

This is a closer view of the break through taken from the ocean side looking southwest. The lighthouse is just out of the picture to the left. You can clearly see that the dunes have been obliterated and have been spread out towards and into the sound. It was a break through years ago that caused a need for dredging for new sand. This dredging created the "hole" of the Canadian Hole.

 
 
 
 

Nikon F3 Nikkor 80-200 f2.8; Kodak Royal Gold 400

Here's a view of Ego Beach showing the sand bars that have built up. Ego is oceanside, just at the first curve in the road in the foreground, across the street from the parking lot for the Canadian Hole.

 
 
 
 

Olympus C2000Z digital

Here's what the road looks like six months later looking south. You can clearly see the location of the old road. The s-curves are rather sharp, prompting a reduction in speed from 55 to 45 mph. The southern-most curve is the sharpest and has been the scene of accidents, one causing a fatality.

 
 
 
 

Nikon F3 Nikkor 80-200 f2.8; Kodak Royal Gold 400

This is a view of the Hatteras lighthouse in its new position. This was taken from over the ocean looking south west. You can see the construction area still marked off in red. Note the flooding still evident from the storm.

 
 
 
 

Nikon F4; Sigma 15mm fisheye f2.8; Fujichrome Provia 400

Here is another shot with a fisheye lens from nearly above. You can clearly see the current and previous locations of the lighthouse. Note the small white circle in the foreground and the small spike at the end of the path. You can see the extent of the flooding here.



Nikon F4; Sigma 15mm fisheye f2.8; Fujichrome Provia 400

Thanks to bil kleb for the aerial work. These pictures were taken from an altitude of about 300 feet. Here is the plane we flew in. He did a great job of "threading" us through several nasty storms on the way home. He has his own collection of photos taken from the ground.


Olympus C-2000Z digital camera

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