Hurricane Isaias: All Cape Hatteras National Seashore Facilities Closed
As Hurricane Isaias approaches, the National Park Service has announced that all facilities on Cape Hatteras National Seashore will be closed starting tomorrow (7/2/20).
Based on recent Hurricane Isaias forecasts, the Outer Banks is likely to receive significant impacts from the storm early next week. To help ensure the safety of its visitors and staff, facilities at Cape Hatteras National Seashore will be closed starting on Sunday, August 2.
Dare and Hyde counties recently announced state of emergencies and mandatory evacuation orders for Hatteras and Ocracoke islands within Cape Hatteras National Seashore.
- Dare County State of Emergency Order: https://www.darenc.com/home/showdocument?id=7899
- Hyde County State of Emergency Order: http://hydecountync.gov/SIGNED%20PROCLOMATION%20EVACUATION.pdf
Campgrounds: Oregon Inlet, Cape Point, and Frisco campgrounds will close at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, Aug 2. Campers with reservations have received notifications via www.recreation.gov. Ocracoke Campground closed yesterday, July 31.
Beach Access Ramps: All off-road vehicle (ORV) ramps will close at 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, Aug 1. The ramps will reopen for ORV access after evacuation orders are lifted and post-storm assessments are completed.
Swimming Prohibition: Due to the forecast for life-threatening rip currents along Hatteras Island beaches, Dare County’s state of emergency order includes restrictions on ocean swimming. Rip currents on high risk days are life-threatening to anyone entering the surf.
A mandatory evacuation of Hatteras Island for visitors and residents was ordered on Saturday, Aug. 1.
Governor Roy Cooper declared a State of Emergency for all of North Carolina in preparation for Hurricane Isaias on Friday and a local State of Emergency was declared for all areas of Dare County on Saturday.
Hyde County ordered a mandatory evacuation for visitors on Ocracoke Island starting on Friday and for residents and property owners starting at 6:00 a.m. on Saturday, Aug 1.[See all Hurricane Isaias updates here.]