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TX - TAMU-CC Researchers Looking at Beach and Dune Erosion Caused by an Active Hurricane Season

Hurricane Hanna caused major damage to the dune system along the coast and all the storms thereafter have made that damage even worse.

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — With Hurricane Zeta now projected to become the fifth named storm to make landfall on the Louisiana coast, thankfully, all we have seen are high tides and a higher threat for rip currents on our beaches. But there is also one other major impact here.

Deidre Williams is a researcher with Texas A&M Corpus Christi; they just conducted a survey from the Fish Pass on Mustang Island down to Bob Hall Pier to determine how much beach erosion we've had during this hurricane season.

“What we have had damage to is the beaches and dune system, and it has been significant. It's been some of the greatest damage I've seen over the years studying the area, and I started studying the area back in the 90's,” Williams said.

She said Hurricane Hanna caused major damage to the dune system along the coast and all the storms thereafter have made that damage even worse. That includes the narrowing of the beach along the North Padre Island seawall.

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