National Parks reopen as Florence moves on

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    As Hurricane Florence moves on leaving destruction in her path, some national parks were able to reopen on Sunday on North Carolina’s Outer Banks while the Great Smoky Mountains National Park on the Tennessee-North Carolina border was bracing for heavy rain and possible mudslides, reported Woodall’s Campground Management

    National Park Service staff said Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, and Wright Brothers National Memorial opened as usual on Sunday (Sept. 16) beginning at 9 a.m.

    Cape Hatteras National Seashore:

    Visitor facilities and services north of Oregon Inlet open
    Bodie Island Visitor Center open
    Bodie Island Lighthouse open for climbing
    Oregon Inlet Campground open for camping


    Some visitor facilities and services south of Oregon Inlet reopened on Sept. 16 at 3 p.m., following Dare County’s reentry notice for non-residents to areas south of Oregon Inlet beginning at the same time.
    Frisco Campground will be open for camping. Cape Point Campground will remain closed until conditions improve.
    Hatteras Island Visitor Center reopened today (Sept. 17) at 9 a.m.
    Cape Hatteras Lighthouse reopened for climbing today (Sept. 17).

    Visitor facilities on Ocracoke Island will not reopen until after Hyde County has lifted its mandatory evacuation orders.
    Beach access ramps and routes will reopen as assessments are completed. Beach access status updates will be posted regularly over the next couple of days.

    Beachgoers should be aware of ocean debris that may have washed ashore and buried items that were exposed during the storm. Also, it is important to be aware that life-threatening ocean conditions are present along all Outer Banks beaches. Dare County’s state of emergency that prohibits entering the ocean remains in effect. Visitors should stay out of the water until the state of emergency is lifted and ocean conditions improve.

    Click here for additional park openings and information.

    Important note from our RV electricity expert, Mike Sokol: Be aware that any pedestal that’s been submerged should be properly cleaned and tested before being put back in service. And I’m pretty sure any GFCI receptacles that have been submerged should be replaced, and not just cleaned. I’ll publish a proper after-flood cleaning and testing protocol next week and distribute it to as many campgrounds as I can find.

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    Be aware that any pedestal that’s been submerged should be properly cleaned and tested before being put back in service. And I’m pretty sure any GFCI receptacles that have been submerged should be replaced, and not just cleaned. I’ll publish a proper after-flood cleaning and testing protocol next week and distribute it to as many campgrounds as I can find.