skies over Buxton were a little darker over the weekend, as the light
of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse stopped functioning due to damage from
the recent wave of winter storms.
it was not clear which storm caused the lighting issue, (whether it was
the early January storm or the recent thunderstorms on Friday), the
damage was reported by the weekend to the National Park Service and the
U.S. Coast Guard.
the lighthouse itself is managed by the National Park Service, the
light within the structure is maintained by the Coast Guard, which is
responsible for the repairs.
Aids to Navigation Teams in Wanchese reported that an Electrician Mate
was sent to the site over the weekend, and found a short in the system.
Parts have been ordered to make the repair, however there is not yet a
timeframe of when the repair will be complete.
The Island Free press will post updates on the repair timeline as soon as they are available.