Olympic National Park roads and campgrounds closing in advance of Sunday storm

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In light of a storm predicted for Sunday, and to prevent visitors and employees from being injured or trapped by falling trees or branches, many Olympic National Park roads and campgrounds will be closed Sunday.

Areas and facilities will remain closed through at least Monday morning.

Park staff will work to reopen all areas as soon as possible once the storm passes and any necessary cleanup and damage repairs are completed, according to Barb Maynes, Olympic National Park public information officer.

High wind events frequently lead to hazardous conditions including falling limbs and trees, high surf and coastal flooding. Heavy rain is also predicted.

As of Saturday at 2 p.m., the National Weather Service forecasted a strong front that should produce very windy weather Sunday and

Sunday evening with lowland rain and snow in the mountains.

The following roads and campgrounds are closed or will close:

■ Staircase Road and campground — will close at 9 a.m. Sunday. Campers must vacate by then.

■ Hurricane Ridge Rd — will close at dusk Saturday and remain closed Sunday.

■ Heart O’the Hills Campground — will close at 9 a.m. Sunday. Campers must vacate by then.

■ Sol Duc Road — will close Saturday night.

■ Mora Road and campground — are closed.

■ Ozette area — will close at 9 a.m. Sunday. The campground is already closed due to flooding.

■ Kalaloch Campground — will close at 9 a.m. Sunday. Campers must vacate by then.

■ Hoh Road and campground — will close at 9 a.m. Sunday. Campers must vacate by then.

■ North Fork Campground — is closed.

The Olympic Hot Springs Road and Graves Creek Road are already closed due to storm and flood damage sustained earlier this winter.

For more information, contact the Olympic National Park visitor information line, (360) 565-3130, or the park’s road and weather hotline, (360) 565-3131.

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