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The National Park Service says there is no swimming in the ocean this weekend

MANTEO, NC (WITN) – The National Park Service is urging people not to swim in the ocean this weekend due to Hurricane Ian, as well as giving further updates and recommendations due of the storm.

Cape Hatteras National Seashore says visitors should avoid swimming in the ocean due to strong waves and dangerous rip currents.

Beach-related weather and ocean alerts can be logged by texting “OBXBeachConditions” to 77295. Learn how to stay safe at the beach here.

Cape Hatteras says visitors should avoid a two-mile beach between the north end of Rodanthe and South Shore Drive due to several vulnerable homes that can be damaged by rough waves and strong winds. “The area should be avoided throughout this weekend.”

This is the area where some houses were destroyed in May.

As for transportation, the NPS says travel on portions of Highway 12, especially near the northern ends of Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands, could be difficult Thursday evening through Friday. Road conditions can be monitored here.

Ferry services to and from Ocracoke Island could be suspended, according to Cape Hatteras. Current information can be found by calling (252) 996-6000 or 6001. And many off-road vehicle routes may become impassable. Visit here for updates on beach access.

WITN learns that the Bodie Island Lighthouse Climb is closed September 30-October 1. Regular climbing opportunities at the lighthouse will be available from Wednesday October 5 until the end of the climbing season on Saturday October 8.

All educational programs at Cape Hatteras National Seashore are canceled September 30 through October 1.

The NPS says campgrounds are open but camping conditions are not expected to be good for the next few days. “Visitors who have booked have been informed of the bad weather. If the weather forecast deteriorates, one or more campgrounds may need to be closed until conditions improve.

Visitors are advised to avoid walking the park trails at Fort Raleigh National Historic Site in strong winds due to the risk of collapsing trees and tree limbs. All educational programs are canceled from September 30 to October 1.

At Wright Brothers National Memorial, all educational programs are canceled from September 30 through October 1.

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