Field Research Facility
Coastal & Hydraulics Laboratory
Hurricane Isabel in Duck, NC. Sept 18, 2003
When Hurricane Isabel appraoched the FRF on September 18, 2003 - she became the most significant event in our 27 year history. This storm produced the largest waves ever recorded at the FRF. The largest wave (crest to trough) measured from the FRF Waverider buoy during Hurricane Isabel was 12.1m (39.7ft), recorded on 18 Sep at 1411 EST. The buoy is located at 36 10' 6.1" N, 75 42' 0.8" W, with a nominal depth of 17.0m. Several waves were observed in the 11-12m (36-39ft) range. The eye of the hurricane made landfall near Ocracoke Inlet about 113km (70mi) south of Duck.

Significant wave height 8.1m    26.6ft
Storm surge 1.5m    5ft
Max wind gust 41.3m/s    92mph
Winds sustained 35.4m/s    79mph
This significant wave height was computed for a 53 minute record. Wind gust is computed for a 5 second average and sustained is a 60s average. Here are links to more data taken at the FRF.
Data Tables WIND WAVE TIDE
Data Plots WIND WAVE TIDE


Wave height(m) 2 miles offshore click for more


Beach Snapshots during the storm

Pictures of Hurricane damage


NOAA
Isabel Data Portal

Currents

Isabel's Track

Satellite Image

Surge prediction-National Hurricane Center-(7MB animated GIF)
    Other links concerning Isabel.