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The Department of Environmental Management (DEM) has announced closures to state parks, beaches, and campgrounds due to the impending landfall of Hurricane Irene. State parks and beaches will remain open on Saturday, August 27 pending local evacuation plans and restrictions. All state beaches will be closed on Sunday, August 28 and public access to these areas will be restricted.
State campgrounds will close for operation at 3 p.m. on Saturday, August 27, at which time a mandatory evacuation will take place. Campground staff at each state facility will direct campers to leave the campground until the storm passes, and those in need of a temporary shelter should contact their campground director for information.