from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To wash too much or too often.
- v. To become flooded.
- n. The flow of water and sediment over the crest of a beach that does not directly return to the water body.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To overflow.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To wash or flow over; spread over or on.
- In geology, consisting of drift carried by streams from a glacier and deposited on the outer side of its moraine.
High seas up to 25 feet are possible just offshore of the Outer Banks (10-15 feet offshore VA/MD/DE beaches) with significant ocean overwash and sound-side flooding.
As of earlier this morning, peak sustained winds along the N.C. coast were in the 45-60 mph range (tropical storm force) with gusts as high as around 75-80 mph, and maximum storm surges were around 2-3 feet resulting in ocean overwash.
Conditions are to rapidly improve -- with flood waters and overwash receding -- as Earl continues to move north and east away from the area into this afternoon.
Protect natural processes of longshore drift, erosion and overwash, which maintain coastal systems.
The Army Corps of Engineers told us that on the Industrial Canal, those pictures that you were seeing are wave overwash of the Industrial Canal.
There is an occasional direct overwash from the Atlantic Ocean during major storms.
A continuous sheet of storm-generated overwash deposits is observed in this low-lying and uninhabited portion of the barrier island.
Water is already starting to overwash Ariola Drive road right next to the beach.
And as that wind was pushing that water into those refineries, there may have been some overwash into those refineries.
They're not going to see that overwash of the sand dunes like they saw on the Gulf Coast.
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