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Contact: Patrick Kenney, 252-728-2250, ext. 3014
Harkers Island, NC –The Tropical Storm Hermine has moved through the area. Today, the National Park Service assessed most of island locations for damage, for safety hazards, and that park resources are protected. Most of the park will re-open tomorrow, September 4, 2016.
The Harkers Island Visitor Center (HIVC) and Beaufort Visitor Information Center (BVIC) re-opened at noon today and will resume normal operations for Sunday.
The Cape Lookout Lighthouse will be open on Sunday for tours from 9:45 a.m. –4:15 p.m. For addition information on the lighthouse tours and associated costs, please visit the park website.
The park's passenger ferry service concessionaire, Island Express Ferry Service, will be open to transport passengers to the park. Visit www.islandexpressferryservices.com or call the ferry ticket office at (252) 728-7433 for the ferry schedule and ticket information.
Great Island Cabin Camp will re-open in the morning. For ferry services to Great Island, contact Davis Shore Ferry at (252) 729-3474, or www.davisferry.com; or, Cape Lookout Cabins and Camps at (252) 729-9751, or www.calocabins-campsinc.net.
Long Point Cabin Camp is anticipated to re-open later in the day. The ferry ramp at Long Point has mechanical issues that hopefully will be corrected tomorrow. For vehicle ferry service to Long Point, contact Morris Marina Kabin Kamps & Ferry Service, Inc. at (252) 225-4261, or www.portsmouthislandfishing.com/.
The Portsmouth Historic District will remain closed until further notice. An assessment team was not able to reach this location today due to weather conditions.
Though Tropical Storm Hermine has passed over the southern Outer Banks; visitors should be cautious of high surf, and rip currents. If you find yourself caught in a rip current, do not swim against the current. Instead, remain calm and swim across the current, parallel to the shore, slowly working your way back to the beach at an angle. Signal for help if you need it.
For more information, call the park at (252) 728-2250 or check the park website at www.nps.gov/calo and via Facebook and Twitter at twitter.com/CapeLookoutNPS.