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Sign Uprooted by Hurricane Sandy Turns Up in France

It may have been on its 3rd ocean crossing
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 1, 2018 3:10 AM CDT
This Nov. 29, 2012 photo shows the remnants of a house and an oceanfront road in the Ortley Beach section of Toms River, NJ destroyed by Superstorm Sandy a month earlier.   (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)
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(Newser) – A real estate sign ripped out of a New Jersey yard by Hurricane Sandy in Nov. 2012 was rediscovered almost six years later—and an ocean away. Dianne Turton says one of her Diane Turton Realty signs was found a few weeks ago by somebody in France, more than 3,500 miles away from New Jersey, Westchester News 12 reports. "I got an email from our relocation department, who got it from this person, Hans, in Bordeaux," Turton says. "I thought, 'Is this a joke?'" The company's marketing director says they were able to determine that the sign, which can be seen here, was washed away from outside a home in the town of Brielle.

The finder, 64-year-old Hannes Frank, says it was "curious" to find the sign on a Bordeaux beach. He says he looked up the name on the sign and emailed the realtor to let them know it had arrived, though it was "not in best shape after the crossing." He offered to send it back to the realtor, who plans to frame it as a memento. Oceanographer Curtis Ebbesmeyer tells the New York Times that the sign's journey was likely even longer than it might appear. He believes it crossed the Atlantic three times before it was found. "There is a great gyre of water that runs from New Jersey to northern Europe down to Spain and back to New Jersey and takes 3.3 years on average, and it takes about a year and a half to drift across the North Atlantic one way from New Jersey to France," he says. "So five and a half years is just about right." (Read more Hurricane Sandy stories.)

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