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Biscayne Nat'l Park Islands Closed In Anticipation Of Severe Weather

MIAMI (CBS4) – Hurricane Irene won't impact South Florida directly but we'll still be dealing with heavy rain, high winds, high surf and dangerous boating conditions.

As a result, the National Park Service has shut down all Biscayne National Park Islands due to the expected severe weather associated with the outer bands of Hurricane Irene. Those park islands include Boca Chita Key, Eliott Key, and Adams Key. While the islands are closed to the public, the park waters remain open but mariners are strongly encouraged to monitor weather reports and heed all marine warnings.

The park's Dante Fascell Visitor Center and park headquarters (on the mainland, 9 miles East of Homestead) will remain open. The island closure will remain in effect until further notice.

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