Visitor facilities at Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, and Wright Brothers National Memorial in North Carolina were closed Monday while National Park Service crews assessed damage from Hurricane Matthew.
Cape Hatteras National Seashore
Hurricane Matthew was expected to strengthen into a category 4 hurricane by the time it reaches Florida, leading many units of the National Park System from Florida into North Carolina to batten down for the storm.
Hurricane Matthew's continued march north through the Caribbean spurred national parks in the Southeastern United States to plan closures if the storm stays on track.
Two swimmers, one who apparently got caught up in a rip current and another who tried to save him, have drowned at Cape Hatteras National Seashore in North Carolina.
Cape Hatteras National Seashore will conduct a science workshop to evaluate factors affecting shorebirds and sea turtles on Seashore beaches. The workshop will take place from September 26-27 at: Ramada Plaza Nags Head Oceanfront, 1701 S Virginia Dare Trail, Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948. A draft agenda will be circulated approximately one week ahead of the workshop.
Tropical Storm Hermine's heavy rains and associated strong seas prompted Cape Lookout National Seashore and Cape Hatteras National Seashore officials in North Carolina to shutter the parks Friday.
An approaching hurricane on Thursday prompted a decision to order the evacuation of visitors from Ocracoke Island on North Carolina's Outer Banks, leading Cape Hatteras National Seashore to shut down all visitor services on the barrier island. At nearby Cape Lookout National Seashore, officials were planning to shutter their operations at noon Friday.
Dry Tortugas, Everglades National Parks Returning To Normal, Cape Hatteras National Seashore Prepping For Storm
While Dry Tortugas and Everglades national parks in Florida are returning to normal after bracing for a tropical weather system, at Cape Hatteras National Seashore up the Atlantic Coast in North Carolina officials were preparing for an approaching tropical storm.
Cape Hatteras National Seashore officials are working on the assumption that an after-hours off-road vehicle driver ran over a threatened Green sea turtle that had come ashore to lay her eggs.