Carolina Environmental Diversity Explorations
Hurricanes on sandy shorelines · By Dirk Frankenberg
Houses set back from the shoreline
Figure 10 shows another view of the Oak Island beach after Floyd. The beach here looks much like it did before the hurricane. The only real evidence of damage is the modest cliff formed at the front of the dunefield. There is no evidence of damage to shorefront houses because they were built with a several hundred foot setback from the average high tide line. As a result, they were safe from the destructive force of the hurricane storm surge.