Barrier Islands Closed Because Of Fay

OCEAN SPRINGS (WLOX)--Due to the approach of Tropical Storm Fay, Gulf Islands National Seashore will close the Davis Bayou Area including the campground and the offshore barrier islands: Cat, Ship, Horn, and Petit Bois Islands to all public use.  All visitors currently at the islands are being instructed to leave by 4:30 p.m. and are urged to immediately return to shore and begin safeguarding their property.

When announcing this closure, Superintendent Jerry Eubanks said, "with this tropical storm hugging the Gulf shoreline, and possibly taking aim at the coast, we have to begin now in order to safeguard human life."  The National Park Service has to move visitors off the exposed barrier islands and close down all the island operations.  "Right now, we have to close the park for the safety of our visitors and our employees", Eubanks said.

The park is also making initial preparations to close down the Davis Bayou unit in Ocean Springs.  This area will close at 4:30 p.m., as the Tropical Storm Fay continues moving toward us. Gulf Islands National Seashore will reopen after the storm has passed and the staff has an opportunity to mitigate any hazards resulting from the storm.  For more information visit the park webpage at