Mother’s Day storm hammers Cape Region beaches

Strong northeast winds, high tides and rough seas pound the dunes for days on end
May 9, 2022

Story Location:
Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk
Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971
United States

High winds and big waves from the Mother’s Day storm of 2022 pounded beaches along the Atlantic Ocean and Delaware Bay.

In Rehoboth Beach, several feet of the oceanside dune washed away at the northern end of the Boardwalk, revealing and tearing down dune fencing.

In Lewes, the dune line took another major hit, and most of the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control fence was destroyed. Left behind from the storm are 10-to 12-foot drop-offs in many areas. The main Lewes Beach parking lot had to be closed because of drifting sand.

In Broadkill Beach, the new dune system held up and protected houses, but the beach and dunes suffered major erosion.

The damage may not be done. The National Weather Service called for sun and sustained winds at 30 mph through Monday. Sun is in store for Tuesday and Wednesday, according to the NWS, but so are continued winds out of the northeast.


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