Advisory Notice #1 for Tropical Storm Arthur
Contact: Pat Kenney, 252-728-2250 ext. 3014
HARKERS ISLAND, NC – Cape Lookout National Seashore has initiated implementation of the park’s Hurricane Plan in anticipation of the approach of a Tropical Storm Arthur. Based on the Tuesday, July 1, 2014 NOAA Hurricane Center tracking data, Cape Lookout National Seashore will close to the public Wednesday at 5pm.
Tropical Storm Arthur with maximum winds of 40 mph is off the coast of Florida and is anticipated to move northward along the coast beginning today. Intensification of the storm is expected as it moves along the coast.
On Friday, July 4 the storm will be closing in on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. At this juncture, the storm is anticipated to be Hurricane Arthur, with winds to 75 mph.
The National Park Service has ordered ferry operations to evacuate visitors and vehicles by 5pm Wednesday, July 2.
Again, the park will be closed beginning Wednesday, July 2 at 5pm. Park facilities including the Visitor Centers in Beaufort and Harkers Island will be closed on Wednesday at 5pm and until further notice.
Please call the park at 252-728-2250, or check the park website at www.nps.gov/CALO, Facebook and Twitter sites for updates.
Did You Know?
The Scotch Bonnet is North Carolina's state shell. It is one of many that can be found along the beaches of Cape Lookout National Seashore.