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Cape Lookout National Seashore closing due to Dorian

Posted September 2, 2019 1:07 p.m. EDT
Updated September 2, 2019 1:12 p.m. EDT

Cape Lookout lighthouse

— The Cape Lookout National Seashore will be closing Tuesday at 10 a.m. due to Hurricane Dorian.

With the storm expected to come to North Carolina in some form later this week, officials decided to take action now. As a result:

-- Beginning Monday, Harkers Island Visitor Center, Beaufort Visitor Information Center, Light Station Visitor Center, and the Keepers Quarters Museum are closed.

-- Island Express Ferry Service will cease operations out of Beaufort and Harkers Island beginning Monday.

-- Reservations at Great Island and Long Point Cabin Camps are also canceled from Tuesday through Friday, with additional closure beyond this time frame pending the storm’s arrival.

-- Visitors with upcoming reservations should monitor the weather conditions. Reservations canceled due to weather will be issued a full refund at www. recreation.gov, or call, (877) 444-6777.

-- Evening at the Cape programs scheduled for Friday, September 6 and Saturday, September 7 are canceled and will be refunded.

“I hope this thing goes out to sea, but hope is not a plan," Superintendent Jeff West said. "I really hate to impact people’s plans, and we aim to reopen as soon as possible afterwards.”