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Lighthouse Area and Shackleford Banks Opened After Hurricane Earl

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Date: September 3, 2010
Contact: Wouter Ketel, (252) 728-2250 ext. 3005

Harkers Island, NC – Superintendent Russel J. Wilson reports that park staff are performing safety and resource assessments of the seashore in the wake of Hurricane Earl. Preliminary assessments have found only minor impacts to park facilities such as shingles missing from some of the buildings.


Beginning at 12:00 noon on Friday September 3, 2010, all of Shackleford Banks and the Cape Area of South Core Banks south of Milepost 40 will reopen to passenger ferries, private boats and pedestrian use.

Still Closed:

Great Island and Long Point Cabin Camps and the Portsmouth Village area are still closed.

South Core Banks and North Core Banks continue to be closed to vehicle use while the park staff work to assess the safety of vehicle routes and to re-establish posting of nesting closures/buffers that may have been disrupted by high wind, waves and tides associated with Hurricane Earl.

Did You Know?

Portsmouth Life-Saving Station crew pose in their surfboat.

"You have to go out, you don't have to come back" was the unofficial motto of the U.S. Life-Saving Service. The Life-Saving Service rescued shipwreck victims from stations located in Portsmouth, and on Core Banks and Cape Lookout. Cape Lookout National Seashore More...