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

    Cape Hatteras

    National Seashore North Carolina

NPS Facilities Close Due to Threat of Hurricane Sandy

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Date: October 26, 2012
Contact: Outer Banks Group, 252-473-2111

The National Weather Service is predicting that the effects of Hurricane Sandy will impact the Outer Banks Group units, Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site and Wright Brothers National Memorial, by Saturday, October 27, 2012 with storm conditions continuing through Monday, October 29, 2012.

In anticipation of this weather event, Ocracoke Campground will close at noon on Saturday, October 27, 2012 and remain closed for the season.(All other NPS campgrounds closed earlier in September and October.) The Ocracoke Campground reservation system has been suspended for the season.All National Park Visitor Centers including Ocracoke Visitor Center, Hatteras Island, Bodie Island and Wright Brothers and Fort Raleigh Visitor Centers will remain open until close of business Saturday, October 27, 2012, then will remain closed until further notice.

Due to forecasted strong northeasterly gale force winds, storm surges, high lunar tides and rough ocean conditions, park beaches will be closed to off-road vehicles by 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 27, 2012 and remain closed until further notice.

For more information, listen to NOAA weather radio and local radio and media for updates and advisories.

-NPS-

Did You Know?

The Principal Lightkeeper's Quarters and the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse move toward their new homes, a safer distance from the ocean.

The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is the tallest brick structure ever moved. When it was built in 1870, it stood 1,500 feet from the shore. By 1999, the lighthouse was within 100 feet of the ocean. To protect it from the encroaching sea, it was moved inland a total of 2,900 feet over a 23-day period.