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Harkers Island, NC – Hurricane Joaquin has moved further East out into the Atlantic Ocean making it less of a threat to Cape Lookout. However, the regional area now is encompassed by a slow moving upper level low and associated Nor' easter-type surface low. Due to public safety and the welfare of park visitors and staff, Cape Lookout National Seashore will continue to remain closed to all visitors until further notice.
The National Weather Service is predicting a high probability for heavy rains, gusty winds, and the continuation of areal and coastal flooding through at least Tuesday, October 6, 2015. The state of North Carolina remains under a declared 'state of emergency' due to flooding.
Once the weather clears, the National Park Service will need to conduct assessments of the damages and safety hazards caused by the storm. Until the assessments are completed it is difficult to establish a timeline for reopening the park to the public.
All reservations for Long Point and Great Island Cabin Camps have been canceled through Tuesday night, October 6, 2015.Beyond this date, please confirm, or cancel all reservations through www.recreation.gov (Customer Service Phone: 888-448-1474) prior to traveling to the park.
For more information, listen to NOAA weather radio and local media for updates and advisories.The National Park Service staff will be monitoring ongoing developments with Hurricane Joaquin and will post updates as needed on the park website, www.nps.gov/calo and on Facebook and Twitter: twitter.com/CapeLookoutNPS.