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 Lookout 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.
As Cape Lookout National Seashore reopens in the wake of Tropical Storm Hermine, the North Carolina park is investigating vandalism that occurred last weekend at the historic 1907 Keeper’s Quarters.
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.
With a potent storm in the forecast, officials at Cape Lookout National Seashore on North Carolina's Outer Banks are planning to shut down some operations on Friday and possibly Saturday.
Watching the full moon rise over the open ocean is something to see, and if you're going to be in North Carolina later this month, you can view the moon from the Cape Lookout Lighthouse.
Cape Lookout National Seashore is working with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Marine Fisheries Service and Duke University Marine Laboratory to monitor sea turtles in the waters of the park through November. The research area includes Cape Lookout Bight and Back and Core Sounds.