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Cape Cod National Seashore Facilities to Close Due to Hurricane Irene

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Date: August 26, 2011
Contact: Sue Moynihan, (508) 349-9113; (508) 957-0738; (508) 737-3307

The National Weather Service is predicting that the effects of Hurricane Irene will impact the Outer Cape by late Saturday, August 27, 2011, with storm conditions continuing through Sunday, August 28, 2011.

In anticipation of this event, most facilities at Cape Cod National Seashore will close at 5:00 PM on Saturday, August 27. The oversand corridor in Provincetown and Truro will be cleared in time to close at dark. Beach parking areas will close at midnight. Several interpretive programs scheduled for Saturday will be cancelled. Call Salt Pond Visitor Center at (508) 255-3421 or the Province Lands Visitor Center at (508) 487-1256 to ask about program cancellations. This closure schedule could change if predicted conditions worsen.

Facilities are expected to remain closed and programs will be cancelled through Sunday.

National seashore staff will monitor conditions throughout the storm event. Once the storm has passed, staff will assess damage and prepare facilities and operations for reopening.

Public safety is of utmost concern. Park visitors and neighbors are asked to remain off beaches, bluffs, and stairs. With the anticipated storm surge and high tide, conditions on the beaches, bluffs, and stairs may be hazardous.

Visit www.ready.gov for tips on creating emergency plans and putting together an emergency supply kit.

Information updates about national seashore facilities and conditions will be available via recorded message at (508) 771-2144.

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Coastal waters were the original highways of the Cape. Today’s common but puzzling terms “Lower Cape” and “Upper Cape” (referring to the northern and southern areas of Cape Cod) originated with sailors. Southwesterly winds meant ships heading north were sailing "down-wind" to the Lower Cape.