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Miller, David J.; Pearson, Andrew G.; Mulder, Willem H.; Rodriguez, T.
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The impact of Hurricane Sandy on selected south coast beaches, Jamaica, West Indies
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Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers
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April 9-13, 2013
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Los Angeles, California, USA
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Tropical depression eighteen formed 515 km SSW of Kingston, Jamaica on Monday, October 22, 2012. By 5.00 pm on the same day, the depression strengthened to a tropical storm. Movement towards the NNE at around 14-17 km/hr was reported by the evening of October, 23, while the central pressure dropped to 989 mb. By 11.00 am on Wednesday, October 24, Tropical Storm Sandy strengthened to a Category 1 hurricane about 100 km south of Kingston, with maximum sustained winds of 130 km/hr and a central pressure of 973 mb. Hurricane Sandy passed over eastern Jamaica during the afternoon and evening of October 24 and its northward movement generating battering storm waves, up to 7-10 m high, along with a storm surge which affected the south coast, particularly to the east of the center of the storm.The paper explores the impact of Hurricane Sandy at several localities along the south coast of Jamaica with varying distance from the center of the system. The general impact was one of beach face erosion in the foreshore, but with significant wash-over and run-up deposition above normal high tide at several localities. The paper also examines the recovery time and the complex response of the beach system to the hurricane impact, while the affects of this northwards moving system are compared to the impact on beaches of similar storms, but with an East-West track.....
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