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Contact: Ardrianna Mclane, 239-293-3643
October 7, UPDATE
With the passing of Hurricane Matthew out of the area the preserve closure has been lifted as of today. Facilities such as visitor centers and campgrounds will re-open tomorrow during normal business hours.
National Park Service staff at Big Cypress National Preserve continue to monitor the track of Hurricane Matthew. The preserve, including facilities and backcountry, will remain closed until further notice. The area of the preserve is currently under a Tropical Storm Warning through Friday morning. Thunderstorms, heavy rains and tropical storm force winds are likely.
Once the storm passes employees will conduct assessments and will reopen areas as they are deemed safe. Staff will continue to monitor the storm and adapt plans as needed. Updates will be available on Facebook and the park website.
Big Cypress National Preserve is closing at 5:00 PM today in preparation for the approach of Hurricane Matthew.The Oasis Visitor Center, The Swamp Welcome Center, and Campgrounds will be closed Wednesday, October 5th and Thursday, October 6th. The closure will remain in effect until further notice.
Preserve recreational trails and lands are closed to public use. Severe thunderstorms, rainfall, and tropical storm force winds are likely even if Hurricane Matthew stays off shore.
Preserve employees are making preparations to facilities in advance of potential strong winds and heavy rainfall. The preserve will continue to monitor the hurricane and adapt plans as needed. Updates will be available on the park website and social media channels.