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Hurricane / Tropical Storm Dennis ...

Surf Returning to
Normal After Dennis
Fenwick Island beach

Photo: After a week of rough seas, the surf was returning to normal in Fenwick Island on Wednesday, Sept. 8, 1999, allowing couples to walk and youngsters to play along the surf again.

While Hurricane/Tropical Storm Dennis left its impression on the Sussex County coastline by carving out 2- to 3-foot ridges on the beaches from Cape Henlopen to Fenwick Island, most beach erosion experts expect the beaches to replenish themselves quickly.

They say sand that was taken off the beach and dumped into the ocean by northeasterly winds will be put back on the beach by natural wave activity over the next couple of weeks as long as the weather remains relatively calm.

Resort officials say Dennis was more of an annoyance than a disaster, as it stopped vacations in their tracks and closed beaches but did little lasting damage.

The storm lingered in the Atlantic Ocean off North Carolina for more than a week before finally moving inland. The Sussex coast felt its effects as rough surf, high winds, and dangerous rip tides proved a boon for surfers but shut down sunbathing, swimming and fishing activities for more than a week.

Fenwick Island's beaches after Dennis

Photo: Seas along the Sussex coast had calmed considerably by Wednesday, Sept. 8, 1999, as evidenced by this picture from Fenwick Island.

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