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High ‘Cliffs’ Return to Ortley Beach As Nor’Easter Exits

There were “cliffs” of about 15-feet or more having formed in the worst-hit areas of Ortley Beach during the nor’easter that moved through New Jersey Thursday and Friday.

Beach erosion in Ortley Beach, Toms River Township, N.J., Dec. 16, 2022. (Photo: Daniel Nee)

Beach erosion in Ortley Beach, Toms River Township, N.J., Dec. 16, 2022. (Photo: Daniel Nee)

Beach erosion in Ortley Beach, Toms River Township, N.J., Dec. 16, 2022. (Photo: Daniel Nee)

Beach erosion in Ortley Beach, Toms River Township, N.J., Dec. 16, 2022. (Photo: Daniel Nee)


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Shorebeat’s cameras captured images and used a tape measure to estimate cliff heights at Seventh Avenue. The waves generated by the storm were still eating away at sand by mid-afternoon Friday. The storm had also carved mini “channels” along the beach in Seaside Heights, though the surf was nowhere near reaching the dunes or boardwalk.

The weather is forecast to change significantly over the weekend, though winds will linger. The National Weather Service forecast “Sunny skies, with a high near 42” on Saturday. But breezy, with a west wind 15 to 20 mp.h.

Beach erosion in Ortley Beach, Toms River Township, N.J., Dec. 16, 2022. (Photo: Daniel Nee)

Beach erosion in Ortley Beach, Toms River Township, N.J., Dec. 16, 2022. (Photo: Daniel Nee)

Beach erosion in Ortley Beach, Toms River Township, N.J., Dec. 16, 2022. (Photo: Daniel Nee)

Beach erosion in Ortley Beach, Toms River Township, N.J., Dec. 16, 2022. (Photo: Daniel Nee)

After a low around 30 overnight, Sunday is forecast to be sunny, with a high near 39 degrees. It will still be breezy, with a west wind 15 to 20 m.p.h.


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