Sep 3, 2011

One More and It's Over

The Washout at high tide now. Notice how the city already fixed two of the walkovers in the background.

 A few of you who frequent the blog often I know now live far away from the beach and this is their only way of keeping up with the surf life at Folly.  This is a post to get you up to date on how the beach is doing post Irene swell.  These are only a handful of quick snap shots.  More will come when I have plenty of time to walk the beach.

Folly Beach is hurting right now.  Several of the houses at the Morris Lighthouse side of the island nearly fell into the water due to the Irene swell.  The Washout lived up to it's name and basically washed away only leaving the rock foundations of the dunes.  Every walk over was heavily damaged along with many of the other private walk overs (I believe all three public ones have been fixed now).  Now that the dunes when you first arrive at the Washout are completely gone the high tides flow nearly all the way to the street.
Working on the 3rd one

It's a mess. 

If we get one more big storm swell this year I don't know if we will have any of the Washout or Folly left.  I've never seen so little sand on the beach.  I'm not entirely sure where it all went but it could have possibly flowed south to form some new sandbars.  Maybe a new break is hiding somewhere.

Washout hut got a little remodeling with a new foundation on higher ground.
Katia Swell is Coming

Just be patient.

This computer model image I think does a little better justice than the more user friendly cone projected path.  Forecasters are calling the white path an outlier because for some reason it is not taking into account a departing trough a few days out.  But looks like waves are coming.  Yay!



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  1. Maybe another one would be good thing... Take those houses on the north end that should never been built, force the town and county to rethink how they manage and develop on barrier islands in the future. There is already another renourishment plan slated for 2013. Is that going to help?

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