- Associated Press - Sunday, October 23, 2016

CUMBERLAND ISLAND, Ga. (AP) - The National Park Service says Cumberland Island may reopen to the public by the end of October after it suffered damage from Hurricane Matthew.

The island, home to more than 15 square miles of federally protected wilderness, has been shut down since the Category 2 hurricane raked the Georgia coast two weeks ago. The storm did serious damage to the island’s docks and other structures, and the Park Service has been assessing the extent of the destruction and removing debris.

Gary Ingram, the Park Service’s superintendent for Cumberland Island, said in a news release he anticipates visitors may be able to return to the island for at least some limited use by the end of October.

Meanwhile, Cumberland Island’s visitor center on the mainland reopened Thursday.

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