OUTER BANKS GROUP VISITOR CENTERS CLOSE FOR TROPICAL STORM GABRIELLE
Contact: Outer Banks Group, (252) 473-2111
As Tropical Storm Gabrielle approaches the Outer Banks of North Carolina, Superintendent Mike Murray announced that all Outer Banks Group visitor centers will be closed today due to impending weather impacts from the storm. The grounds at Wright Brothers National Memorial remain open, as weather permits; however, the Visitor Center will be closed. The Fort Raleigh National Historic Site Visitor Center closes at noon today.
As of this morning, the National Weather Service is predicting that Outer Banks Group park units will experience the effects of the storm beginning in the early afternoon hours of Sunday, September 9, 2007, with strengthening winds, predicted to increase to 50 mph, with gusts up to 60 mph, possible ocean overwash and flooding of roadways, and potentially severe thunderstorms continuing into Monday, September 10, 2007.
Ocracoke, Frisco, and Oregon Inlet campground remain closed. These campgrounds and visitor centers will reopen after the storm passes and any damage is repaired. Cape Point campground has already closed for the season.
During periods of high tides, rough ocean and sound conditions and high, gusty winds, the beaches of the national seashore may be impassable and not safe for beach driving. Beaches are subject to high wave action, erosion, and unpredictable wind conditions. Shorelines will experience strong ocean rip currents making water activities extremely dangerous and park visitors are encouraged to stay out of the water until the storm passes.
Did You Know?
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.