Cape Lookout closes lighthouse, limits ferry service

Cape Lookout National Seashore says it plans to stay open to visitors through the weekend and into next week, but has limited ferry service and access to the Cape Lookout Lighthouse due to an incoming storm front and the uncertainty of Hurricane Irma's path.

The National Park Service says a storm front, unrelated to Irma, is forecast to bring high winds, extreme rip tides and small craft advisories to the area this weekend.

Visitors will still be able to visit Cape Lookout National Seashore, but the park closed the Light Station Visitor Center and stopped all public climbs of the Cape Lookout Lighthouse beginning noon Saturday.

The National Park also stopped running the Island Express Ferry Service out of Beaufort and Harkers Island at 2 p.m. Saturday.

The National Park Service says the ferry service, visitors center and lighthouse will all be closed until further notice as they continue to monitor the developments of Hurricane Irma.

For more information about ferry service to Shackleford and South Core Banks you should call the Island Express Ferry Service at 252-728-7433.