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Contact: Daniel Vandzura, 252-473-2111
Tropical Depression Eight is predicted to become a Tropical Storm early Tuesday morning and impact Cape Hatteras National Seashore over the next 24 to 48 hours.
Regional forecasts show that the impacts may include 40-50 mph winds, beach erosion, strong rip currents, and the threat of localized flash flooding with rainfall amounts of 1 to 5 inches possible.
Park management is closely monitoring this weather system, along with Tropical Depression Nine, which may also impact the Outer Banks toward the end of this week. Currently, there are no plans to suspend visitor services at the Seashore, but adjustments to park operations will be made, if necessary.
Campgrounds: This afternoon, park staff will advise campers at Oregon Inlet, Frisco, Cape Point, and Ocracoke campgrounds of the inbound weather conditions. Tent camping is not advised if the area is impacted by tropical storm conditions. All Seashore campgrounds will operate on a one-day availability basis.
Beach Access Ramps: Visitors should review signs posted at the beach access ramps and use best judgment. Daily beach access ramp status updates are available on the Cape Hatteras National Seashore Facebook Page at https://facebook.com/capehatterasns.
Updates: For more weather-related information, listen to NOAA weather radio, local radio, and media for updates and advisories.