• Spring-time view of the seashore, with shorebirds returning to the surf.

    Cape Hatteras

    National Seashore North Carolina

Outer Banks Group Update, Sept. 1, 2010 12:00 p.m.

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Date: September 1, 2010
Contact: Cyndy Holda, 252-473-2111 x148

All park visitor centers in Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, and Wright Brothers National Memorial will close by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 1, 2010, and will remain closed until further notice.

All park campgrounds in Cape Hatteras National Seashore were closed by 12:00 noon or will close by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 1, 2010 and will remain closed until further notice.  The reservation system for Ocracoke Campground has been temporarily suspended until further notice.

The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse will close Wednesday, September 1, 2010 at 3:00 p.m. and will remain closed until further notice.

All ocean-side beach access for off-road vehicles in Cape Hatteras National Seashore will be closed on Wednesday, September 1, 2010, beginning at 5:00 p.m. At Oregon Inlet, high tides on Thursday are scheduled for 2:06 a.m. and 2:52 p.m. and Friday, September 3, 2010 high tides at 3:13 am and 4:00 p.m. Severe coastal storm surge flooding is expected beginning on Thursday. If conditions permit, pedestrian access is allowed.

All remaining non-essential staff for Cape Hatteras, Fort Raleigh, and Wright Brothers will be released by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 01, 2010. All essential Incident Command staff and Law Enforcement personnel will remain on duty.

To report violations and emergencies, dial 911 or 252-473-3444. For more information, listen to NOAA weather radio, local radio and media for updates and advisories.

Did You Know?

Sea Whip, though it looks like a plant, is actually whole colony of animals.

A piece of sea whip that washes up on the beach at Cape Hatteras National Seashore is not a plant, but the skeleton of a whole colony of animals. A tiny animal lived in each hole on the yellow, orange or purple stems. It had a mouth, a stomach and eight tentacles to catch food.