Wind, waves whipping Delaware coast

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DelDOT camera capturing the storm at Indian River Inlet bridge, looking south.

INDIAN RIVER INLET — A dangerous nor’easter with potential wind gusts of 60-75 mph  is whipping the Delaware coast and significant beach erosion is expected.

The National Weather Service, in an 8:30 a.m. statement, said Dewey Beach had a recorded 75 mph gust.

A DelDOT traffic camera on Del. 1 for the Indian River Inlet bridge (south) is capturing much of the action, bouncing with the sustained 40-plus mph wind.

The Delaware Environmental Observing System recorded a top gust of 57 mph at the inlet about 7:30 a.m. Saturday.

Just before 9 a.m., Del. 1 was closed north- and southbound at the Indian River Inlet bridge.

The National Weather Service said there would be widespread moderate to major coastal flooding in Sussex County and could last through three consecutive high tide cycles.

Water has already covered sections of the highway on the bayside south of Dewey Beach and near Fenwick Island where dune breaches have been reported. Additional reports show water across Savannah Road in Lewes and water in the streets in Bethany Beach.

Wave heights of 18-20 feet are anticipated on the near shore ocean waters.

Delaware Bay wave heights will build to 4-8 feet, forecasters said.

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