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Hurricane Isabel - September 
Great Island Camp 
9/24/2003
(Flyover Pictures taken by Frank Tursi, Cape Lookout Coastkeeper,
N.C. Coastal Federation)
The commentary is his -- Thanks Frank!

Lighthouse 092203A_r1.jpg (16618 bytes)
The lighthouse dock is gone.
Davis overwash 092203A.JPG (18060 bytes)
Geologists call these overwash fans, and they're evidence that the ocean overran the beach. This is about two miles from Drum Inlet.
Great Island 092203A.JPG (22186 bytes)
A long view of the Great Island Camp, looking east. The dunes are gone; the remaining cabins are exposed to even a unusually high tide.
Great Island 092203B.JPG (38498 bytes)
The caretaker's cabin is in the center, the dock on the bottom right
Great Island 092203C.JPG (38391 bytes)
The camp parking lot. The camper on the bottom, far right, has overturned. Other vehicles have been jumbled together.
Great Island 092203D.JPG (38118 bytes)
A longer view of the camp parking lot with a few remaining cabins scattered in the distance.
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Cabins 10A and 10B sit naked against the ocean.
Great Island 092203F.JPG (30387 bytes)
A closer view of the camp parking lot. Notice the cabin. It wasn't there before the storm
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A view of the south end of the camp.
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A longer view of the south end of the camp.
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Notice the gazebo near the dock. It's upside down.
Great Island 092203J.JPG (38603 bytes)

 

Great Island 092203K.JPG (57503 bytes)
The north end of the camp.
Great Island 092203L.JPG (34883 bytes)

 

Great Island 092203M.JPG (31025 bytes)
Yet another view of the parking lot.
Great Island 092203N.JPG (34129 bytes)
The center of the camp, looking west
Gun Club 092203.JPG (33029 bytes)
The gun club.
Lighthouse 092203C.jpg (26300 bytes)
The lighthouse fared well. The small outbuilding did not. Notice, it collapsed
North end 092203A.JPG (30734 bytes)
A more conventional view of the new north end.
North end 092203B.JPG (32269 bytes)
A massive overwash fan near Drum Inlet with the beginnings of a new inlet. Notice the cut at the top of the photo. There was water running through it when this picture was taken at low tide. This is directly across Core Sound from Sea Level. I suspect that this is Ground Zero, where the eye passed, pushing a wall of water over the island and across the sound. It inundated Sea Level.
North end 092203C.JPG (21259 bytes)
A funky view of north end.
Portsmouth camp 092203A.JPG (47354 bytes)
The octagon structures on Portsmouth Island. They seemed to have weathered the storm well.
Portsmouth camp 092203B.JPG (24945 bytes)
A longer view of the Morris camp.
Portsmouth camp 092203C.JPG (33058 bytes)
As did the other cabins on Portsmouth. There's no dune, but there hasn't been since Fran.
Portsmouth overwash 092203A.JPG (41025 bytes)
Another mighty overwash fan on Portsmouth. What you're looking at is an island in motion. Storms move sand from the beach and deposit it on the backside of the island. Enough storms over a long enough period of time will push the island backward. It's the way these island keep from drowning in place. They've been doing it for thousands of years, incrementally moving miles backward in the process. If you don't believe me, pick up an oyster shell on the beach the next time you visit Core Banks and ask yourself this question: What's the remains of a critter who spent it's entire life in the sound doing on the beach? That shell you have in your hand is probably a couple of thousand years old, when the sound was where you are standing.
Portsmouth overwash 092203B.JPG (33174 bytes)
A series of impressive overwash fans just north of the Morris camp on Portsmouth
Portsmouth village 092203A.JPG (61349 bytes)
The old village at the end of Portsmouth was wet but still standing.
Portsmouth village 092203C.JPG (41512 bytes)
More of the village
South End 092203A.JPG (23259 bytes)
All the beach is stripped of dunes and flat as a pancake. Here is a section just north of the lighthouse. Notice, no back road. Except for the area around the lighthouse, the road is gone. A few of the little Jeep signs stick out of the sand at odd angles to mark the road's former path.
South lot 092203A.jpg (37764 bytes)
The parking lot near the lighthouse. All vehicles upright and seemed intact. No visible evidence of flooding. Breathe easy if you parked it here.
South Lot 092203D.JPG (41235 bytes)
This is the area around the Bight. The Barden house is on the lower left and the south parking lot just east of it. This area fared well and was scheduled to be opened to visitors Monday.

 
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