But mother nature has different plans, Hurricane Mathew forms and starts coming up the coast from Florida. Category 3 at times, other times a Cat one, hurricane was predicted to skirt the SC Coast before turning back to the south. But this Hurricane had other ideas. At around 11:00 a.m. EDT (15:00 UTC) on October 8, Matthew made landfall at Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge, near McClellanville, South Carolina as a Category 1 hurricane with winds of 75 mph (120 km/h). This made Matthew the first hurricane to make landfall in the United States north of Florida in the month of October since Hurricane Hazel in 1954. Traveling north, hugging the coast, it finally turning out to sea just north of Wilmington, NC. NMB and this nest was in her direct path on day 56 of incubation.
86 hatchlings are found, 85 are dead, drowned by the storm surge and water laying over the nest for a period of time....then a miracle, ONE LIVE HATCHLING is pulled out, strong and active, he is anxious to be on it's way.