Island Free Press: Cape Hatteras Lighthouse off; Coast Guard investigating

The Cape Hatteras Light was dark on early Sunday morning. NPS reports that the Coast Guard has been notified. [Island Free Press photo]

Island residents noticed that the skies were a little darker over the weekend, as the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse was not functioning and appeared to be turned off.

Though the cause of the malfunction is not yet known, Michael Barber, Public Affairs Specialist for the National Parks of Eastern N.C., reported that the Cape Hatteras National Seashore (CHNS) was notified about the issue, and that the U.S. Coast Guard had already been contacted for assistance.

Though the lighthouse itself is managed by the National Park Service, the light within the structure is maintained by the U.S. Coast Guard, which is responsible for the repairs.

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