Waters whipped up by Hurricane Gloria smash against a pier in Rodanthe, North Carolina, in 1985. Hurricane Gloria landed near Rodanthe, on North Carolina's Outer Banks, during low tide. Because of this, the storm surges associated with the hurricane were relatively mild—about 1.8 meters (6 feet).

Photograph by David Alan Harvey

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