skies on Hatteras Island became a little darker over Memorial Day
weekend, as the light within the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse stopped
working. Reports started to trickle in on Sunday that the familiar and
rotating beacon was missing, and efforts are underway to assess the
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.
Vandzura, the National Seashore’s Chief Ranger for the Cape Hatteras
Group, said that the National Park Service has already been in touch
with the U.S. Coast Guard, and a local USCG technician is being sent to
the lighthouse on Tuesday morning to examine the light and determine
don’t yet know the cause of why it went out, but we know they are
headed out there to look at it first thing in the morning,” said
This is the second time in 2018 that the lighthouse has had an unexpected break in operations.
mid-January, the lighthouse was damaged by a series of storms that
impacted the island, and replacement parts needed to be created from
scratch in order to get the light up and beaming again. Because of the
intricate parts that were crafted for the complex malfunction, the
lighthouse remained off for more than a month.
similar issue popped up in February of 2016, when the lighthouse became
stuck, with its beacon fixed towards the neighborhoods of Buxton.
During the January repairs, the lighthouse was turned off to avoid a
constant light shining into the homes of Buxton residents.
of Tuesday morning, there was no timeframe yet for the repairs, and it
was unknown as to whether the issue was related to the January damage.
The Island Free Press will post updates on the repair timeline as soon
as they are available.