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Tropical storm Andrea washed away some sand

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PINELLAS COUNTY, FL (WFLA) -

It's what everybody expects when they go to the beach... Open stretches of clean, "feel it between your toes", sand.

But the wind and waves of "Andrea" did some sand re-arrangement, making people who keep track of this kind of thing, nervous. "A little more erosion on the southern beaches but as you get to sand key, Madeira beach, and northward, we lost a fair amount of sand, but because we just nourished that beach last summer, it really held up well" said Andy Squires with Pinellas County Coastal Management. 

Eagle 8 scanned the beaches from Clearwater to Fort De Soto. We saw some areas took a beating... And seaweed and debris were left in Andrea's wake.

Coastal experts plan to survey certain beaches to measure the effects... But first glance shows minor damage. "We are fairly lucky this time although the storm is still fairly strong in terms of wind speed and surf height, but the storm didn't last very long" said Dr. Ping Wang of the USF Geology Department.

"Andrea" moved sand around at Fort De Soto Park. Some areas of the beach are now wider, others are narrower. A few sand dunes are gone. 12 of 13 sea turtle nests survived. "Change, that's the only constant there is in a coastal ecological system like this. A barrier island, every day, it changes. This is just a dramatic change from a significant weather event said Park Supervisor James Wilson.

The new goal is to get beach re nourishment on a regular schedule to lessen the effects of future tropical storms.

 

 

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