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Sep 3, 2010 2:01 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Geologist: Earl may hit bay side harder than ocean

Sep 3, 2010 2:01 PM

A coastal geologist said that, in contrary to the norm, Hurricane Earl may punish the bay side of Dune Road harsher than the ocean side, due to the direction of the winds.

Aram Terchunian of First Coastal Corporation in Westhampton Beach said powerful winds will be blowing from the north, rather than the south, causing flooding and erosion on the shores of Shinnecock Bay.

“Any north-facing shoreline is going to get beat up more than you’d think,” he said. He added that, as a result, the stretch of Dune Road that runs through Hampton Bays and East Quogue is in particular danger of flooding.

On the bright side, Mr. Terchunian said, the storm should be brief.

“It should be a sunny day tomorrow,” he said. “Really, the intensity of the storm should be here about 6 or 7 o’clock, and low tide on the ocean is like 9:30, so it should be on a falling tide on the ocean side.”

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Too much Spartina Alterniflora for any signifigant erosion to occur with such a weak and brief storm. Flooding, yes no doubt.
By ICE (1214), Southampton on Sep 4, 10 7:12 PM
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