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National Park Service visitor services suspended on Ocracoke Island

NPS Visitors Center 2016

The NPS Visitors Center on Ocracoke is closed today due to the evacuation in anticipation of Hurricane Matthew. Photo: C. Leinbach

The Outer Banks Group continues to closely monitor the path of Hurricane Matthew. Due to Hyde County’s mandatory visitor evacuation of Ocracoke Island that began at 5 a.m. today, National Park Service (NPS) visitor services on Ocracoke will be fully suspended by the end of today.

Campgrounds: The Ocracoke Campground closed at 10 a.m. today. Oregon Inlet, Cape Point, and Frisco campgrounds continue to operate on a one-day availability basis.

Visitor Services: The NPS  visitor center and off-road vehicle permit office on Ocracoke Island will not open today, and will stay closed until further notice. NPS visitor services may be suspended on Hatteras Island, Bodie Island, at Fort Raleigh National Historic Site and at Wright Brothers National Memorial on Thursday. Additional information will be sent out once Outer Banks Group management has made a determination based on current storm forecast. The parks’ social media sites on Facebook and Twitter will also be updated with current information.

Beach Access Ramps: All off-road vehicle beach access ramps on Ocracoke Island will be closed to vehicles by the end of today. Daily beach access ramp status updates are posted on the Cape Hatteras National Seashore Facebook page at http://facebook.com/capehatterasns.

Rip Currents: There is a high risk of dangerous rip currents, a high surf advisory, and rough surf north of Cape Hatteras today. A high risk of rip currents will continue throughout the storm period. For more information on rip currents safety go to http://www.ripcurrents.noaa.gov.

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