National Park Service urges caution during periods of heavy rainfall and strong wind

Wright Brothers National Memorial [Kari Pugh photo]

From today through this weekend, visitors to Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site and Wright Brothers National Memorial should use caution due to expected periods of heavy rainfall, flooding and strong wind.

For additional weather-related information, visit the National Weather Service’s Newport/Morehead City website at

Cape Hatteras National Seashore


Visitors should avoid swimming in the ocean due to high surf and dangerous rip currents. Sign up for beach-related weather and ocean condition alerts by texting OBXBeachConditions to 77295. Learn how to stay safe at the beach at

Rodanthe Beach

Visitors should avoid a two-mile stretch of beach, between the north end of Rodanthe and South Shore Drive, due to the presence of several vulnerable houses that may be damaged by rough surf and strong winds. The area should be avoided through this weekend.

Road, Ferry and Beach Travel

Travel on portions of N.C. Highway 12, especially near the north ends of Hatteras and Ocracoke islands, may be difficult late this evening through tomorrow. Monitor road conditions at

Ferry services to and from Ocracoke Island may be suspended. Call 252-996-6000 or 6001 for current information.

Many off-road vehicle routes may become impassable. Visit for beach access updates.

Bodie Island Lighthouse Climbing and Educational Programs

Bodie Island Lighthouse climbing is closed Sept. 30-Oct. 1. Regular climbing opportunities at the Bodie Island Lighthouse will be available from Wednesday, Oct. 5 through the end of the climbing season Saturday, Oct. 8.

All educational programs at Cape Hatteras National Seashore are canceled Sept. 30-Oct. 1.


Campgrounds are open but camping conditions are not expected to be favorable over the next several days. Visitors with reservations have been notified of the inclement weather. If the weather forecast worsens, one or more campgrounds may need to be closed until conditions improve.


Fort Raleigh National Historic Site

Visitors should avoid walking through the park’s trails during strong winds due to the potential for tree and tree branch collapses. All educational programs are canceled Sept. 30-Oct. 1.


Wright Brothers National Memorial

All educational programs are canceled Sept. 30-Oct. 1.