the coastal flood warnings are suspended for Cape Hatteras National
Seashore, many areas are still recovering from significant impacts from
coastal erosion, ocean over-wash, and flooding from substantial
rainfall over the past few days. Tidal levels remain high in some
areas, but strong winds have subsided.
Some park areas, particularly off-road vehicle access ramps and routes,
remain heavily impacted from flooding. Park staff are actively
assessing and evaluating facilities and public areas and re-opening
visitor services as soon as possible.
Access to Ocracoke Island remains closed to visitors today, and ferry service to and from the island is suspended for today.
Wright Brothers National Memorial and Fort Raleigh National Historic
Site are open and all visitor services are available. At Cape
Hatteras National Seashore, most Bodie Island visitor services are now
open, including Oregon Inlet Campground and the www.recreation.gov
system is reactivated for this campground, the Bodie Island ORV permit
office, the Oregon Inlet public boats ramps, Oregon Inlet Fishing
Center, and the Bodie Island Lighthouse and Visitor Center. ORV
Ramp 4 remains closed, but staff are working to improve the conditions
of the ramp for reopening soon.
The following Hatteras and Ocracoke visitor facilities and services
remain impacted by storm conditions and will remain closed on
Wednesday, Oct. 7:
Frisco, and Cape Point campgrounds remain closed until further
notice. The www.recreation.gov campground reservation system has
been temporarily suspended.
Island remains in a state of emergency. All ferry service remains
suspended to the island, but reopening is anticipated by Thursday, Oct.
8, for residents and vendors only.
Silver Lake Marina on Ocracoke Island remains closed.
NPS visitor centers at Ocracoke and Hatteras Island remain closed until further notice.
Hatteras Lighthouses remains closed to climbing. Lighthouse Road
leading to Cape Hatteras Lighthouse in Buxton Village is closed due to
vehicle ramps in the seashore have begun to reopen as conditions
allow. On Ocracoke Island, Ramp 70 and Ramp 67 are open.
Ramps 59, 68, 72 remain closed. On Hatteras Island, all ramps
experienced significant flooding from ocean overwash and/or standing
water from excessive rainfall levels in the area and all Hatteras
Island ORV ramps and routes are currently closed, but will be reopened
as soon as it is safe to do so and the adjacent beaches in those areas
have been assessed for ORV use.
The Ocracoke and Buxton Off-Road Vehicle Permit offices remain closed today.
day-use areas on Bodie and Hatteras Island are open for public use and
pedestrian access to the beach. Restroom facilities at some sites
may not be unavailable. Day use areas that are open are Coquina,
Salvo, Haulover, Frisco, and Sandy Bay.
The National Park Service continues to evaluate weather conditions and
will be monitoring ongoing weather developments. For more
information, listen to NOAA weather radio and local radio and media for
updates and advisories. Travelers should check highway and road
conditions on the NCDOT website at http://tims.ncdot.gov/tims and
www.ncdot.gov/ferry or www.weather.gov/mhx .