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Contact: Daniel Vandzura, 252-475-9010
Preparations: Tropical Storm Colin formed in the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday, and is predicted to take a northeasterly path over the next few days. Early regional forecasts show the storm producing heavy rains with the potential for localized flooding, sustained high winds, and strong rip currents. Due to the fast-moving, unpredictable nature of Tropical Storm Colin, park staff at Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, and Wright Brothers National Memorial are preparing for potential storms impacts such as localized flooding or temporary road closures that could be caused by the storm once it arrives in the Outer Banks region. Currently, there are no plans to suspend operations at any of the three national park sites. Park management is closely monitoring the storm and will make adjustments as necessary for visitor and staff safety.
Campgrounds: This afternoon, park staff will advise campers at Oregon Inlet, Frisco, and Ocracoke campgrounds of the inbound tropical storm and the possible impacts associated with the storm (flooding, high winds, cut-off roads). Tent camping is not advised. The reservation system for Cape Point Campground was paused for a seven day period last Thursday, which is being extended by another seven days due to the additional rainfall that Tropical Storm Colin is expected to bring to the area.
Beach Access Ramps: Visitors should review signs posted at the ramps and use best judgment when using the ramps. Daily ramp status updates are available on the Cape Hatteras National Seashore Facebook Page at https://facebook.com/capehatterasns. At this time, no ramps have been closed due to standing water.
Updates: For more weather-related information, listen to NOAA weather radio, local radio, and media for updates and advisories.