High surf on St. George Island post Gustav
My walk on the beach this morning on St. George Island revealed that the high wave action we had from Gustav did in fact take out the mid-beach dune line where most of the turtle nests left were located, as expected. I have 3 nests on my mile that are still fine, due to being higher up the beach than that mid-beach dune line that so many turtles seemed to favor this season.
One nest was high enough not to be washed over at all, one had gotten some water but looked OK, and the third had several inches of sand deposited on top of it, so may or may not hatch.
The waves were still very high this morning, but the bay side water had subsided.
I had a neighbor call last night around 4AM to let me know they had water under their house, and they were moving their cars - they live right across the street from the bay, and high tide came in as expected right on top of the high water mark from Gustav moving through, so there was some localized flooding near the bayfront last night.
I did not have any bayside water under my house - the high water seemed to be concurrent with the high tide, and moved on out as the tide changed.
Back on the beach, I noticed this morning that the sand fencing is definitely doing its job in helping rebuild the dunes. The picture I took this morning shows the increased build-up of sand on the sand fencing.
All is well today. We never lost power, and we have blue skies and white cloud today. We still have a pretty stiff wind blowing - but just a gorgeous day.