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NPS facilities close due to threat of Hurricane Sandy

(Oct. 29, 2012) -- In North Carolina, Ocracoke Campground closed at noon on Saturday and will remain closed for the season.

MANTEO, N.C. — The National Weather Service was predicting that the effects of Hurricane Sandy would impact the Outer Banks Group units, Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site and Wright Brothers National Memorial, by Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012 with storm conditions continuing through tonight (Monday, Oct. 29).

In anticipation of this weather event, Ocracoke Campground closed at noon on Saturday, Oct. 27 and will remain closed for the season.(All other NPS campgrounds closed earlier in September and October.) The Ocracoke Campground reservation system has been suspended for the season.All National Park Visitor Centers including Ocracoke Visitor Center, Hatteras Island, Bodie Island and Wright Brothers and Fort Raleigh Visitor Centers will remain open until close of business Saturday, October 27, 2012, then will remain closed until further notice.

Due to forecasted strong northeasterly gale force winds, storm surges, high lunar tides and rough ocean conditions, park beaches will be closed to off-road vehicles by 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012 and remain closed until further notice.

For more information, listen to NOAA weather radio and local radio and media for updates and advisories. For the NOAA website, click here.

SOURCE: National Park Service news release

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