Night Driving Reopens, and other National
Seashore Updates for the Week September 7
The Cape Hatteras National Seashore (CHNS) announced several
recent updates related to beach driving and recreational activities on Hatteras
and Ocracoke Islands. Changes related to the National Seashore for the week of September
7 include the following:
The tip of Cape Point remains temporarily closed
due to black skimmer nests and several black skimmer chicks. Staff monitor the
area daily and will reopen the quarter mile area when they are certain that
bird nesting and chick rearing activity is over.
Seashore-wide, there are over 28 miles out of 29
miles of beach to drive on, and close to 37 miles out of 38 miles available for
As of this morning, Seashore beaches have hosted
165 sea turtle nests, with 98 hatched, so far.
On Tuesday, September 11, local firefighters,
law enforcement, first responders, and Cape Hatteras National Seashore staff
will climb the historic Cape Hatteras Lighthouse starting at 8:46 am, the exact
time Flight 11 crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center on
September 11, 2001. This annual remembrance event will include a moment of
silence to honor the fallen. The public is welcome to attend.
Seashore officials are closely watching the path
of Tropical Storm Florence, which is expected to regain strength over the next
couple of days. Regardless of Florence’s eventual track, large swells will
begin to affect our area this weekend, resulting in life-threatening surf and
rip currents. Visitors are urged to stay out of the Atlantic Ocean when there
is rough surf and increased risks of life-threatening rip currents. Off-road
vehicle routes and vehicle free area beach routes may become impassable when
the swell begins to build.