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The Latest: National Park Service visitor services suspended

October 05, 2016 - 12:07 PM

WILMINGTON, N.C. - The Latest on Hurricane Matthew and its impact on North Carolina (all times local):

3:05 p.m.

The National Park Service says its visitor services on Ocracoke Island are being suspended after Dare County officials announced a mandatory evacuation of visitors.

The park service said visitor services were to be suspended by the end of Wednesday. The Ocracoke Campground closed Wednesday morning.

Visitor services may be suspended on Thursday on Hatteras Island, Bodie Island, at Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, and at Wright Brothers National Memorial.

The park service also said all off-road vehicle beach access ramps on Ocracoke Island will be closed by the end of Wednesday.


12:57 p.m.

Employees at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington have been told to report to work as usual just as students are being ordered to evacuate the campus.

A statement issued by the school on Wednesday said UNCW will be open and operational on Thursday. Employees should report to work as usual unless otherwise advised by supervisors. Officials said a decision regarding Friday will be made by Thursday at 3 p.m.

Students are under a mandatory campus evacuation order. Students must leave campus no later than noon on Thursday. The school said a decision regarding students' return to campus will be made and distributed as soon as possible.

UNCW is also asking faculty and staff volunteers to serve as host families for campus residential students over the weekend.

News from © The Associated Press, 2016
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