Shelly Island Sandbar Survives Recent Storm
BY JOY CRIST
Though the recent system to blow up the coastline
caused mainly heavy rain on the Outer Banks, a number of locals and
visitors were concerned about the survival of the Shelly Island
Photos surfaced on social media that showed the
sandbar virtually underwater with rough surf and waves crashing over
the skinny island off the Point.
But the Shelly Island sandbar remained intact as
of Wednesday morning, although even at low tide, the channel that
separates the sandbar from Cape Point was deeper and slightly wider
than just a few days prior.
Swells generated by this recent disturbance may
affect Hatteras and Ocracoke Island during the next day or so, creating
potentially dangerous surf and rip current conditions. Beachgoers are
advised to pay attention to rip current forecasts for the next several
days and to use caution as needed.
The Shelly Island sandbar popped up along the
coastline earlier in the spring of 2017 and has been a popular
summertime attraction ever since. The “new island” has drawn the
attention of major news outlets, including CBS and ABC, which both
visited and broadcasted from the site.
In local circles, it’s known for its exceptional
shelling and unique formation – extending roughly a mile long, and
circling around Cape Point.
Though the swift and deep current of the channel
kept visitors away from the sandbar on Wednesday morning, with surf and
rip current conditions expected to improve in the next few days, it’s
likely that Shelly Island sandbar will be back in business soon.