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Cape Hatteras National Seashore Superintendent David Hallac today urged all beach visitors to stay out of the water while the high threats of rip currents, large swells and windy conditions associated with Hurricane Jose will produce life-threatening surf conditions.

South Point Road closed on Sunday, Sept. 17. Photo: C. Leinbach

While Hurricane Jose is impacting the Seashore, it is possible that beach access ramps and routes may be impassable for several hours before and after high tide, Hallac said in a press release.

Beach access Ramp 72 (Southpoint ramp) on Ocracoke is flooded south of Shirley’s Lane. Permitted off-road vehicles should utilize ramp 70 to access the south side of the island.

Areas south of beach access Ramp 4, near Oregon Inlet, Dare County, may be inaccessible over the next several days while a grounded 54-foot sport fishing vessel on Bodie Island Spit is being salvaged. 

The National Weather Service yesterday issued a tropical storm watch for the coastal waters from Ocracoke northward due to the winds from Hurricane Jose, which is forecast to expand as it lifts north, passing about 200 miles east of Cape Hatteras later Monday. 

See yesterday’s story here.

The National Hurricane Center issued this advisory today (Sept. 17).
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