PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard has set Port Condition Yankee for the Port of Virginia today.
Due to the approach of Hurricane Matthew, the Captain of the Port (COTP) of Hampton Roads has set Port Condition Yankee. This condition means that gale force winds (39 mph or higher,) are expected to reach the Virginia Capes within 24 hrs.
Depending upon forecasted conditions at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay, the COTP may prohibit vessels from entering and departing the Chesapeake Bay, closing the port approaches. If implemented, this restriction would likely begin late tonight or early Sunday, October 9, 2016, and last through the evening of Sunday, October 9, 2016, and possibly into Monday, October 10, 2016.
All facility and vessel operators should continue to make heavy weather preparations to include ensuring all loose cargo, cargo equipment, and debris are secured safely. All vessel mooring should be reinforced.
Vessels anchored shall prepare for strong winds. Additional anchors should be made ready to let go and preparations shall be made to have a continuous anchor watch. Also, vessels should maintain a continuous listening watch on VHF Channel 16.
For a complete listing of all recommended storm preparations, facilities and vessel operators are strongly encouraged to review the Port of Hampton Roads Maritime Hurricane Contingency Plan. This plan may be found on line under “Local Contingency Plans” at: http://ift.tt/1N5xJmt.
For current port conditions, call 757-668-5555, extension 3.
Visit www.nhc.noaa.gov for more information on Hurricane Matthew and its projected path.