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Eight North Carolina State Parks Closing for Irene

August 25, 2011 by   - () Leave a Comment

Map shows current location of Hurricane Irene in the Bahamas and its expected storm path. The storm is projected to hit U.S. landfall Sunday morning. Map courtesy of Weather Underground.

Campgrounds at eight state parks in eastern North Carolina will close this weekend in anticipation of the passage of Hurricane Irene, according to the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation.

The Cape Fear Business News reported that all camping facilities will close on Friday and Saturday nights at Lumber River, Jones Lake, Lake Waccamaw, Carolina Beach, Pettigrew, Merchants Millpond and Goose Creek state parks. In addition, primitive campsites on Bear Island at Hammocks Beach State Park will remain closed today night through Sunday night. Visitors with reservations at those campgrounds are being notified of the closures.

The affected state parks remain open for day use visitors only. However, state parks throughout eastern North Carolina could close on short notice depending on the anticipated path of the storm.

Updates about park and facility closings are posted on the state parks system’s website at www.ncparks.gov and through its Twitter feed, @NCparks.

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