Storms--whether a coastal storm, nor'easter, tropical storm, or hurricane--are a part of living along the coast. Storms can affect the park with overwash, erosion and closures. The park will issue news releases on the storm(s) and any possible impacts to the islands and park operations.
Before, during, and after a storm, please monitor this page as well as our social media account on Facebook and Twitter, and our Current Conditions page for information about park conditions.
Coastal Storm -- November 16 - 17, 2019Aftermath of the storm:
Great Island Cabin Camp, South Core Banks -- Cabins 4, 5, 21, 22, 23 and 24 have closed for the remainder of the season due to ocean overwash flooding damage. All other cabins in the camp remain open until November 30, 2019 (end of season).
South Core Banks -- island remains OPEN to vehicles through November 30, 2019 (end of season)
North Core Banks -- flowing water from ocean overwash reopened some of the previously closed cuts through the island created by Hurricane Dorian. In addition, sand carried in by ocean overwash has closed some cuts. Island remains OPEN to vehicles through November 30, 2019 (end of season).
Portsmouth Village -- the village experienced flooding.
A slow moving, strong, and potentially life-threatening coastal storm will impact Eastern NC through this weekend into early next week.
We are expecting moderate to significant impacts.
Period of greatest impact: Saturday through Sunday.
Potential for life threatening inundation 2 to 4 feet above ground level, with locally higher amounts possible, for ocean side Outer Banks Dare County and areas adjacent to the Southern Pamlico Sound and Core Sound (see maps for details).
Minor coastal flooding up to 2 feet above ground for areas adjacent to the Southern Alligator River and Pamlico and Pungo Rivers.
High surf, beach erosion and ocean over wash expected for the beaches north of Cape Lookout.
Persistent strong North to Northeast winds with gusts up to 60-70 mph.
Storm force winds and dangerous seas over the coastal waters, sounds and rivers.
Before & After Satellite Imagery
Long Point Cabins Before / Image Credit: Google Maps
Long Point Cabins After / Image Credit: NOAA
Wild Cows on North Core Banks
Images are of when we first spotted the one cow in September, a photo gallery of images taken of the roundup efforts on November 21 & 22 (including one of all three cows dashing away after being released on their home range) and finally a video of the ferry as it leaves North Core Banks for the mainland carrying the cows and the equipment.
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The 3 wild cows that were swept from their home range by the storm surge during Hurricane Dorian over to North Core Banks in Cape Lookout National Seashore, were rounded up and returned by ferry to the mainland to be reunited with their herd.
Last updated: November 22, 2019