Outer Banks Group Update, Sept. 2, 2010 1:00 p.m.
All park visitor centers and campgrounds in Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, and Wright Brothers National Memorial are closed and will remain closed until further notice. The reservation system for Ocracoke Campground has been temporarily suspended until further notice. The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is closed until further notice.
All ocean-side beach access for off-road vehicles in Cape Hatteras National Seashore is closed until after Hurricane Earl passes the Outer Banks and a post-storm assessment of damage and safety hazards can be completed. There will be no weekly Beach Access Report or Resource Management Field Summary Report this week due to Hurricane Earl. The Beach Access Report will resume next week.
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 and continuing through Friday. If conditions permit, pedestrian access is allowed.
Park Incident Command staff and Law Enforcement personnel 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?
In the 1700s, Ocracoke Inlet was one of the busiest inlets in the East. It was one of the few navigable waterways for ships accessing inland ports such as Elizabeth City, Edenton or New Bern. It was here that Blackbeard the pirate found the inlet's heavy shipping traffic ripe for easy pickings.