Ana has finally made her exit off the North Carolina coast and unlike with most storms, storm surge and wind were not major factors. However, the North Carolina coast did see some beach erosion thanks to the pounding waves along the coastline, and there was a lot of heavy rain inland.
In North Topsail Beach, Ana could have caused major disruption to a beach nourishment project that has been ongoing for months. Luckily, any erosion that was seen was minor and likely won’t hold up the project.
Further south in Topsail Beach, the story is the same.
“The water came within ten feet of hitting the dune. And had it hit the dune, it would have started digging out from under it. We’re lucky that it didn’t” said Howard Braxton, mayor of Topsail Beach.
A $10 million beach nourishment project was just completed two weeks ago. Thankfully, the sand stayed put, but the drenching rain proved too much at times for the small barrier island.
“At 1 o’clock in the morning, I saw the streets were covered with water. And I said when that happens, we’re in trouble” recalled Braxton.
Thankfully the rising water caused no major troubles in Topsail.
With minimal damage done, no problems are expected getting ready for the big summer tourist season which starts up in just a few weeks.