BUXTON, N.C. -- North Carolina's iconic Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is once again lighting it up along the Outer Banks. The lighthouse was dark for about a month while officials awaited custom-made parts for storm damage repairs.
Saturday the National Park Service posted an update and thanked the US Coast Guard for fixing the light.
Last week, Petty Officer 3rd Class Nate Cox, a U.S. Coast Guard spokesman, said the light has been off since mid-January after machinery was damaged by storms. He said replacement parts are being made by a company in Ohio and should arrive soon. Cox compared the process to finding parts for an antique car. The lighthouse was built in 1870, replacing an earlier structure.
Cox said modern ships use GPS and digital mapping so the repairs haven't sidelined a primary navigation tool.
The current outage, while unusually long, should be shorter than several months in 1999 when the lighthouse went dark so it could be moved.
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