Coast Guard sets port condition Whiskey for Hampton Roads

Mid Atlantic Coast Guard Newss

PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The captain of the port for Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads has set port condition Whiskey Friday due to the expectation of gale force winds generated by Hurricane Sandy within 72 hours.

The ports are currently open to all commercial traffic, and all transfer operations may continue while Whiskey remains in effect.

Winds between 39 and 54 mph from a hurricane-force storm are possible within 72 hours.

Boaters are advised to seek safe harbor. Drawbridges may not be operating if sustained winds reach 25 mph or when an evacuation is in progress. Mariners can view the latest port updates for Hampton Roads on the Coast Guard’s Homeport site.

Port facilities are advised to review their heavy-weather plans and take all necessary precautions to adequately prepare for the expected conditions.

Mariners can anticipate the Coast Guard setting port readiness condition X-ray when gale force winds from Hurricane Sandy are within 48 hours of landfall.

If and when port readiness condition Yankee is set, meaning hurricane force winds are expected within 24 hours, vessel movement shall be restricted and all movements must be approved by the captain of the port.

For information on how to prepare your boat or trailer for a hurricane, please view the following site http://www.uscg.mil/news/stormcenter/.

For information on Hurricane Sandy’s progress and hurricane preparedness, please visit the National Hurricane Center’s web page at http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/.

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