Park Service urges caution on beaches, closes some ramps
The National Park Service is urging visitors to use "extreme caution"
on the beaches of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore during this
weekend's stormy weather.
A persistent area of low pressure to the southeast of Cape Hatteras and
a high pressure to the north have combined to produce consistent
moderate to strong northeast winds all week. This onshore flow
has brought heavy seas, higher than normal tides, and some beach
erosion on the seashore.
The Park Service said this morning that access to Cape Point is closed
to driving because of severe erosion and steep sand escarpments along
the ORV route. Ramp 44 is open and the beach is open for
approximately a third of a mile south of the ramp.
- Ramp 49 in Frisco.
- Ramp 55 in Hatteras village and the Pole Road.
- Ramp 59 on Ocracoke.
- Ramp 72 (South Point Road) on Ocracoke.
Currently, Ramp 70 on Ocracoke is open but there is barely any beach there to drive on in either direction.
"We are actively monitoring the beaches to keep as much access open as
possible," the park said on its Facebook Page, though additional
sections may need to close as they become too hazardous to traverse."
The Park Service also warns swimmers to avoid the water during the
rough surf conditions, which are causing a high threat of powerful rip
The National Weather Service has issued a coastal flood advisory and a
high surf advisory for the area north of Cape Hatteras until 8 p.m.
The high winds and heavy rains are forecast to gradually subside from late Sunday into the first of the week.
"Once sections of beach rebuild and become safe to pass as the storm
moves out and the lunar tides recede, we'll reopen those sections," the
Park Service says.
Keep up on current conditions on the seashore's Facebook page.