High threats of rip currents, large swells, and windy conditions associated with Hurricane Jose will produce life-threatening surf conditions along Cape Hatteras National Seashore (Seashore) over the next few days. Due to these conditions, Superintendent David Hallac is urging all beach visitors to stay out of the water until dangerous conditions subside.
While Hurricane Jose is impacting the Seashore, it is possible that beach access ramps and routes may be impassable for several hours before and after high tide. Areas south of beach access ramp 4, near Oregon Inlet, may be inaccessible over the next several days while a grounded 54-foot sport fishing vessel on Bodie Island Spit is being salvaged. Also, beach access ramp 72 on Ocracoke is flooded south of Shirley’s Lane; permitted off-road vehicles should utilize ramp 70 to access the south side of the island.