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Hurricane impact on beaches in the eastern Caribbean Islands 1989 - 1995

APPENDIX II.  NEVIS BEACH DATA 1989 AND 1990

Location of Beach Monitoring Sites in Nevis 1988-1996

Beach Changes in Nevis Following Hurricane Hugo in 1989
Site Change in Profile Area (%) Change in Profile Width (m) Change in Dune/Land Edge (m)
Gallows Bay South -11.4 - 3.624 0
Gallows Bay North -71.1 -16.860 - 6
Pinneys Beach Hotel -66.9 -19.042 -12
Pinneys Golden Rock -30.5 -17.148 - 5
Pinneys Jessup -57.6 -16.641 0
Pinneys Cotton Ground -43.4 -19.624 -12
Mariners -21.8 - 2.302 NR
Gillies ND ND ND
Mosquito Bay -43.5 + 0.055 - 5
Hurricane Hill - 5.9 - 4.580 0
Newcastle West +31.6 + 3.579 0
Newcastle Jetty + 3.8 + 5.707 - 5
Nisbett West +45.6 +11.394 0
Nisbett East - 9.5 - 3.178 -14
Longhaul Bay - 3.3 - 3.850 0
White Bay +12.3 + 9.438 NR
Indian Castle - 2.6 - 6.228 0
Mean -17.1 - 5.182 - 3.9
ND  no data
NR  not relevant due to wall or building 

                                                       

Beach Recovery in Nevis Following Hurricane Hugo
(July 1990 values compared with July 1989 values) 
Site Recovery of Profile Area (%) Recovery of Profile Width (%) Recovery of Profile Width (m)
Gallows Bay South* ND ND ND
Gallows Bay North 56 69 -10.470
Pinneys Beach Hotel* ND ND ND
Pinneys Golden Rock 64 73 -11.037
Pinneys Jessup 53 50 -13.577
Pinneys Cotton Ground 67 72 -14.474
Mariners ** ND ND ND
Mosquito Bay 57 88 - 1.709
Hurricane Hill 75 83 - 5.426
Newcastle West 81 82 - 2.481
Newcastle Jetty 82 95 - 1.448
Nisbett West 43 60 -11.719
Nisbett East 61 78 - 4.375
Longhaul Bay 105 115 + 1.973
White Bay 94 100 - 0.213
Indian Castle 85 81 -12.454
Mean 71 81 - 6.397

ND  no data
*   new reference points had to be established
**  data omitted from the calculation because of extensive sand mining near to the site

 

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