Updated 2:20 pm
While only mustering light rain and strong winds, Tropical Storm Henri’s pounding surf made an impact at Norton Point Beach. As a result, Norton Point Beach was temporarily closed to OSV traffic, but has since gotten a soft opening, with one lane open. “As they continue to monitor conditions throughout the afternoon, they are anticipating being able to make an announcement at 4 pm on whether or not it can fully reopen. Conditions are looking favorable,” Christine Boynton, manager of coastal communications at the Trustees, told The Times.
In a Facebook post Friday, the Trustees of Reservations said the beach had been closed since August 21 due to Henri. The Trustees winch trucks and ATVs test-driving the beach section experienced loss and traction and downward sliding, according to the post.
“Tidal surge during the storm resulted in significant overwash and erosion in the area approximately 200 feet east of the main entrance in an eastward direction toward the gatehouse,” the post states. “The described area lost a tremendous amount of sand, and is experiencing a substantial downward sloping from the dune toward the ocean.”
The Trustees are also working with Dukes County, Edgartown, and the Woods Hole Group to monitor the beach in conjunction with a dune restoration project. The Trustees and the town were recently awarded a Coastal Zone Management grant to restore the sand dunes.
Updated with soft reopening. -Ed.