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New Inlet Forms From Matthew’s Storm Surge

Hurricane Matthew’s fury was so strong last week that it not only uprooted homes and flooded roads across five states, it carved out new pieces of geography as well.

A new inlet formed in St. Johns County (see photo), Florida due to Hurricane Matthew last week, the National Weather Service (NWS) office in Jacksonville reported over the weekend. A Saturday storm survey done by the NWS Jacksonville team found that the inlet formed from the powerful storm surge from Matthew, which unleashed over six foot storm surges in parts of north Florida.

An inlet is simply an extension of the sea or a body of water extending inland, but to form a permanent one requires rare power to carve through existing land features such as sand dunes and grassy areas. This one formed in a relatively rural part of St. Johns County, about 10 miles south of St. Augustine and near the Fort Matanzas National Monument.
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Geographical adjustments are certainly not unheard of with powerful hurricanes such as Matthew, but this is the only known instance (as of Tuesday night) of this occurring with last week’s hurricane.

Matthew’s storm surge caused major problems from Florida through the Georgia coastline and into South Carolina as well, where the storm officially made landfall on Saturday morning near Charleston.

Stay with WeatherNation for the latest on Matthew and the cleanup in the days, weeks and months ahead.

For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Chris Bianchi – Photo: NOAA, via Dakota Smith (Twitter: @weatherdak)

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