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    Cape Lookout

    National Seashore North Carolina

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Hurricane Sandy Advisory #3

HIVC boat basin 10-29-12 9:45 AM
NPS boat basin and Island Road on Harkers Island shortly after high tide on 10-29-12

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News Release Date: October 29, 2012
Contact: Wouter Ketel, 252-728-2250 ext. 3005

HARKERS ISLAND, NC - Cape Lookout National Seashore remains closed to all visitors and all services are shut down until further notice.

Hurricane Sandy passed off shore of the park on Sunday. All park staff and volunteers were accounted for by Monday morning. All visitors still on the islands were also accounted for by Monday morning.

The area is still experiencing unusually high tides and winds. If weather and tide conditions allow, the initial assessments of the islands-North Core Banks (Portsmouth Island), Middle Core Banks, South Core Banks, and Shackleford Banks-will begin today.

In the following days, more detailed examinations of island facilities will occur. Once it is known that conditions are safe the park will reopen.

As more information becomes available, the National Park Service will post updates on the park website at http://www.nps.gov/calo and via Twitter at http://twitter.com/CapeLookoutNPS and Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Cape-Lookout-NPS/472724519415040.

Did You Know?

Humpback whale in front of Cape Lookout lighthouse

Diamond City was a shore-based whaling community located where Barden Inlet now separates the islands of Shackleford Banks and South Core Banks. Crews would row whaling dories out from shore to chase the whales as they migrated past the island. Cape Lookout National Seashore