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Assateague Park Rangers Prepare for Hurricane Sandy

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ASSATEAGUE ISLAND, Md.- Rangers at Assateague State Park and Assateague Island National Seashore are preparing for the fury of Hurricane Sandy.  

Staff at the national seashore have decided to close oceanside campsites starting Friday morning so rangers can move fire pits and picnic tables. As of Thursday afternoon, bay side campsites will remain open through the projected storm.

Public information officer Rachelle Daigneault tells WBOC they are closely monitoring Hurricane Sandy, and further closures are possible.

"The main concern to start with is visitor safety," Daigneault said. "After that, it's our campgrounds and structures, roads, those types of things which can be impacted in the developed area. "

Michael Riley, the park manager of Assateague State Park, said he is worried how the lunar cycle could affect a possible storm surge.

"If you get a full moon and you get a tide surge with a storm progressing north, it tends to get a little heavier, which means your dunes can take a beating," Riley said. "But right now our dunes are in place and stable, and we feel comfortable with them protecting our resources."

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