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Contact: Outer Banks Group, (252) 473-2111
Superintendent Mike Murray announced that all National Park Service campgrounds in Cape Hatteras National Seashore will be temporarily closed beginning 5:00 pm today, Saturday, September 8, 2007, due to impending weather impacts from subtropical storm Gabrielle.
The National Weather Service is predicting that Outer Banks Group park units will experience the effects of subtropical storm Gabrielle beginning in the early morning hours of Sunday, September 9, 2007, with high winds and substantial rains continuing through Monday, September 10, 2007. In anticipation of possible severe thunderstorms and strengthening winds, predicted to increase to 35 to 40 mph, with gusts up to 60 mph, possible ocean overwash and flooding of roadways, camping activities are inadvisable and the campgrounds will be closed.
Ocracoke, Frisco, and Oregon Inlet campground will be temporarily closed. These campgrounds will reopen after the storm passes and any damage is repaired. Cape Point campground has already closed for the season.
During periods of high tides, rough ocean conditions and strong winds, the beaches of the national seashore may be impassable and not safe for beach driving. Beaches are subject to high wave action, erosion, and strong, gusty winds. Shorelines will experience strong ocean rip currents making water activities extremely dangerous and Superintendent Murray reminds park visitors to "Have a safe visit while staying on the Outer Banks this weekend and stay out of the water while the area feels the effects of Gabrielle."