Photos: Weather damage closes Fort Pulaski, Cockspur Island until further notice

Severe weather damage on Fort Pulaski [Drew Hunt, WSAV]

CHATHAM COUNTY, Ga. (WSAV) – Fort Pulaski National Monument is closed until further notice due to significant damage caused by a tornado that ripped through the area on May 23.

This comes just months after Fort Pulaski suffered extensive damage during Hurricane Matthew.

Park officials posted this note on their website: “Due to severe weather, Fort Pulaski and Cockspur Island are closed indefinitely. More updates to follow when possible.”

According to the National Park Service, the tornado crossed onto the east end of the island just after 6 p.m.; destroying trees, knocking down power lines, and damaging several buildings.

The fort itself sustained minimal damage. Most of the destruction occurred at the park’s Visitor Center complex, which is being assessed for structural integrity at this time.

“We won’t know the full extent of the damage until we can safely gain access to the Visitor Center,” says Park Ranger Amber DeBardelaben.

No visitors or staff members were injured during the storm.

News 3 will continue to follow this story as more information is released.

 

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