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RALEIGH, NC (NEWS RELEASE) -– Some state parks in coastal North Carolina will close as Arthur advances toward the state, and access to other parks and facilities could be interrupted on short notice as the storm moves north along the coast, according to the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation.

Hammocks Beach and Carolina Beach state parks and Fort Fisher State Recreation Area will be immediately affected Thursday.

At Hammocks Beach, ferry service to Bear Island will be suspended Thursday, and camping will not be allowed.

Carolina Beach State Park will close at 5 p.m. Thursday, and its campground will be evacuated. Visitors with reservations can apply for refunds through the reservations provider Active Network.

Fort Fisher State Recreation Area will likely restrict swimming and close the four-wheel drive beach. Fort Macon and Jockey’s Ridge state parks could be closed later this week if storm track predictions are accurate.

As soon as severe weather subsides, park personnel will assess damage and reopen facilities as quickly as possible. Regular updates on the status of individual state parks can be found at www.ncparks.gov.

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