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NPS Incident Management Team Hurricane Florence September 28 Update

Staff work to untangle signs laying on the beach.
Staff salvage beach signs.


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News Release Date: September 28, 2018

Contact: Incident Information Officer

Harkers Island, N.C. – The National Park Service Incident Management Team (IMT) is responding to national parks impacted by Hurricane Florence. At this time, 82 National Park Service employees from 34 parks and 19 states and the District of Columbia are assigned to the incident. The public should not enter closed areas of parks until stabilization and restoration efforts are complete.

Cape Lookout National Seashore – CLOSED (EXCEPT FOR BEAUFORT VIC)

  • The Beaufort Visitor Information Center is open.

    • Hours of operation are daily from 8:30 am to 5 pm.

  • The Harkers Island Visitor Center will reopen on Tuesday, October 2.

  • Crews are placing temporary ramp signs on North Core Banks.

  • Staff identified a recently hatched turtle nest on North Core Banks.

  • Crews completed emergency repairs to roofs at Great Island area.

  • Additional emergency stabilization of the Portsmouth and Long Point areas will continue tomorrow.

  • Reservations for Long Point Cabins have been canceled for the remainder of the season.

  • Reservations for the Great Island Cabins have been canceled through October 25.

    • Cancellations may be extended; an update will be provided when available.

Moores Creek National Battlefield – CLOSED

  • Flood waters continue to recede, but park roads remain flooded.

  • A crew began clearing hazard trees, downed limbs, and other debris caused by the storm and flooding.

  • Work in administrative areas continues while water recedes from public areas.

  • Formal assessments and stabilization cannot begin until water recedes.

  • A reopening schedule is not available at this time.



Last updated: September 28, 2018

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