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NPS Prepares for Impacts of Tropical Storm Hanna

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Date: September 4, 2008
Contact: National Park Service, (252) 473-2111

In preparation of the possible effects of Tropical Storm Hanna, the National Park Service has taken preliminary steps that affect park operations and facilities and provide the following information to the visiting public and local communities.


Beginning at the southern end of Cape Hatteras National Seashore, the OcracokeIslandVisitorCenter and Campground will close today at 5:00 p.m. and will remain closed until further notice.  The Ocracoke Campground reservation system has been temporarily suspended.  The Frisco campground will close today at 5:00 p.m. and will remain closed until further notice.   The Oregon Inlet Campground has been placed on a one-day availability basis. 


An assessment later today on the progress of the storm will determine the status of all park visitor centers and campgrounds north of Frisco, NC.


Did You Know?

Lightning whelks are one of the few species of

Lightning whelks eat about one large clam per month. The whelk pries the clam open with its muscular foot, wedges the clam open with its shell, then eats the soft inside of the clam. Lightning whelk shells, which whorl to the left, wash up on the beach at Cape Hatteras National Seashore.