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 Low/Tropical Storm (9/21/2023) as of 11:40 am.
Tropical Storm WARNING posted for part of our area. Highest impacts Friday through Saturday. Biggest concerns are storm surge along the coast, inland rivers and sounds, tropical storm force winds (especially closer to the coast) and heavy rain.
More details at www.weather.gov/mhx and https://www.weather.gov/mhx/tropical.
Coastal LowCoastal Low forecast update issued September 21, 2023. Heavy rainfall with up to 6 inches forecast to fall across the beaches. Expect low lying roads to be flooded on the mainland as well as the sand road behind the dunes and into other areas of the barrier islands to become flooded and possibly impassable due to the amount of rain fall.
Image description: Infographic showing the forecast total rainfall amount for Friday (9/22) into Saturday (9/23) Additional information written down one side of the graphic reads: Coastal Low to impact the area late week into the weekend.
Before & After Satellite Imagery
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: October 20, 2023