Throw Back To Hurricane Super Storm Sandy

October 29th 2012 We got Hammered by Sandy

While we sit around in this nor’easter, it is the same time we got hit by Super Storm Sandy in 2012. That was a wild three plus days for sure. I got a text from a buddy in North Carolina with a picture of a monster wave. I was staying at Broadkill beach. I packed my truck and left, this was going to be here in about eight hours.
On October 29th, 2012 we watched the Indian River inlet area flood in seconds on the Deldot cams.
One picture we posted started a storm of comments. People thought we photo shopped the bridge coming down.

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The picture that freaked out the internet. During Sandy’s storm surge that breached the dunes at the inlet


We just blew up a photo of the storm surge as it moved across the parking lot into the campground and flooded the entire inlet area. We just happened to be watching the DelDOT traffic cameras when this occurred. It was surreal to watch. The bridge looks “wonky” because water is distorting the camera’s image, which was blowing around too. That and the sasquatch muddy video quality and there ya go.


Now that we have DelDOT’s Charles W Cullen bridge pylon web cams we get a better view.
We also use the beach web cams to get a better idea of conditions.

Ground box smoking in Mariner’s cove

It was a wild storm to watch and cover from home mostly. You couldn’t go anywhere anyway, everything was flooded out. We never lost power which was a bonus. I just needed the internet to run four computers. I had a truck ready to go if need be with power inverters, food, water and everything you need to ride out a storm with a vehicle for a generator. The fact power was still on was cool except those ground transformers started going up around the lower inland bay communities.

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During Sandy’s storm surge that breached the dunes at the inlet


The standard comparison for nor’easters is the storm of sixty two. But the hurricane standard here is now Hurricane “Super Storm” Sandy. Today’s nor’easter (Oct 29 2021) just happens to be on the same days. At least we can go watch this today, nothing has flooded out … yet.

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During Sandy’s storm surge that breached the dunes at the inlet
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During Sandy’s storm surge that breached the dunes at the inlet
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Deldot cam shot of the aftermath on the northside
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