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Hurricane Sandy could cause serious issues: Queen's University expert


Queen’s University coastal oceanography and engineering expert Ryan Mulligan is available to talk about the possible storm impacts of Hurricane Sandy, including storm surges, waves, beach erosion and the local impact.

“Right now it’s projected to hit the Delaware and New Jersey coastline,” says Dr. Mulligan. “The real problem is going to be the storm surge and heavy rainfall. The storm is hitting a heavily populated and flat area. This storm is different. Usually an east coast storm will start veering out towards the water but Hurricane Sandy isn’t doing this. It’s being forced westward.”

Dr. Mulligan says the issue in Kingston will be high winds and a lot of rain but storm predictions can change. “It’s still a really good idea to be prepared.”

Dr. Mulligan’s current research sites include: coastal bays in Nova Scotia including the Bay of Fundy and Lunenburg Bay; beaches, barrier islands and estuaries in North Carolina; the Mackenzie River Delta in the Northwest Territories and Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River.

To arrange an interview, please contact communication officers Anne Craig at 613-533-2877 or anne.craig@queensu.ca or Michael Onesi at 613.533.6000 ext. 77513 or michael.onesi@queensu.at Queen’s University News and Media Services Department in Kingston, Ont., Canada.

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