New sand island at Cape Hatteras NS appears to be connecting with Cape Point after Irma

Shelly Island may not be an island anymore – for now.

The massive offshore sandbar that gained national attention, and a name, after it formed in the spring has continued to grow – it now connects at low tide to Cape Point, which belongs to Cape Hatteras National Seashore. A stream of water maybe 20 feet wide and 6 inches deep flowed between the two land bodies at high tide this week.

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