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Manteo, NC -- The National Park Service will begin closing its Outer Banks parks Wednesday as part of its Hurricane Plan in anticipation of Tropical Storm Arthur.

The following NPS facilities are affected:

All NPS campgrounds, Ocracoke, Frisco, Cape Point and Oregon Inlet will close at noon, Wed., July 2 and remain closed until further notice. The Ocracoke campground reservation system has been temporarily suspended.

Silver Lake Marina NPS docks will close at noon Wednesday, July 2.

Ocracoke and Hatteras Island NPS Visitor Centers will close at noon on Wed., July 2 and then remain closed until further notice. Bodie Island Visitor Center, Wright Brothers National Memorial and Fort Raleigh National Historic Site will be closed Thursday and Friday, July 3 and 4. Previously scheduled evening programs are cancelled as of Wed., July 2 until further notice.

Lifeguard beach operations at Ocracoke, Buxton, and Coquina will close at noon on Wed., July 2 until further notice.

The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse will close at noon Wed., July 2 and remain closed until further notice. All park special programs scheduled have been cancelled until further notice.

The Bodie Island Lighthouse will close at 6:30 pm on Wed., July 2 and the climbing reservation system has been temporarily suspended beginning Thursday, July 3.

All NPS beaches will be closed to off-road vehicles by 9:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 2 and remain closed until further notice.

The Buxton and Ocracoke Off-Road Vehicle Permit offices will close at noon on Wed., July 2. The Bodie Island Off-Road Vehicle Permit office will close at 4:30 p.m. on Wed, July 2.

For more information, click here. http://www.nps.gov/caha/index.htm

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