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Contact: Mike Henry, 252-489-6796
The underground transmission cable that was damaged at the south end of the Bonner Bridge yesterday morning is continuing to cause electric challenges and outages on Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands.
The majority of Cape Hatteras National Seashore (Seashore) facilities, including the Cape Point Campground, Oregon Inlet Campground, Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, Bodie Island Lighthouse, Hatteras Island Off-Road Vehicle (ORV) Permit Office, Bodie Island ORV Permit Office, beach access ramps and routes, and lifeguarded beaches remain open.
Due to current power restrictions on Hatteras Island, the Frisco Campground is closed through at least Friday, July 28, 2017. Unlike the Seashore’s other campgrounds, Frisco campground has an independent water plant that requires continual and reliable power to provide safe drinking water and operable restroom facilities. Camping sites are available at nearby Cape Point Campground.
The Ocracoke Campground is closed until Hyde County’s mandatory non-resident evacuation of Ocracoke Island is lifted. The Ocracoke Visitor Center and ORV Permit Office will remain open unless excessive heat necessitates a closure. ORV permits will be sold on a cash-only basis until power is restored. ORV permits may also be purchased online at http://recreation.gov.
Status updates for campgrounds and other NPS facilities will be listed in the Alerts section of the Seashore’s website at http://www.nps.gov/caha and on its Facebook page at http://facebook.com/capehatterasns.
- Follow Hatteras Island electric updates from the Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/CapeHatterasElectricCoop
- Follow Hyde County updates on Ocracoke evacuation notices on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/HydeCountyNC
- Follow Ocracoke Island electric updates on the Tideland Electric Membership Cooperative Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/TidelandElectric
Fort Raleigh National Historic Site and Wright Brothers National Memorial are not impacted by the electric challenges and outages.