Cape Lookout To Close Ahead Of Hurricane Earl

One national seashore in North Carolina is being evacuated ahead of Hurricane Earl, with the park closing until further notice.

Park Superintendent Russel Wilson announced in a statement Monday that Cape Lookout National Seashore is evacuating visitors and will be closed to the public starting Wednesday.

The seashore is made up of 56 miles of undeveloped beach stretching over four barrier islands about three miles off the coast of North Carolina. It is accessible only by boat.

Farther north, officials at Cape Hatteras National Seashore say they're monitoring the approach of Hurricane Earl, but haven't decided whether they'll close the park.

Earl reached Category 4 status on Monday. The latest forecasts have it brushing North Carolina's coast by Thursday or Friday.

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