Indeed. And before "Ribbon of Sand" was David Stick's book "History of the Outer Banks" which was written in the 1950's. It is full of examples...I was amazed at the drastic changes. Entire areas that once held houses, lighthouses or even forts..either submerged by water or covered in sand. Inlets opening and closing from one end of the banks to the other, homes being disassembled and moved to avoid water or sand. I found it fascinating.
I may have to read that book again! What got me to writing about this was a memory that popped up in my Facebook feed this morning from ten years ago. It was an picture of the house "Serendipity" (Yes, Nights in Rodanthe fame) that was it's own island in a winter Nor' Easter. The house was moved shortly after that, but may again be in peril in the near future. I'm also amazed at the loss of island at Hatteras Inlet. Work is about to begin moving the submarine cable that feeds power to Ocracoke because the cable crossing will soon be awash. The new cable will go under water near the Coast Guard Station near the ferry docks. 25 years ago you could almost throw a rock across the inlet, but now it's 2 miles wide. You can imagine why it shoals so badly. When it was narrow, the depth of the channel was 45' in some spots due to the scouring of the incoming/outgoing tides. With a wider inlet, scour is reduced exponentially because the water is spread out so much further between the islands.
She's a movin'