Port Condition Whiskey set in Key West, Fla.

Southeastern Coast Guard NewsMIAMI- The U.S. Coast Guard captain of the port has set hurricane condition Whiskey for the Port of Key West, Fla.

Gale force winds from Tropical Storm Isaac are expected to make landfall along the coast of the Florida Keys within 72 hours.

Pleasure crafts are advised to seek safe refuge. Drawbridges will not be operating when sustained wind speeds reach 45 mph or if an evacuation is in progress.

The captain of the port has activated a regulated navigation area for the Florida Keys. To enter, transit or remain within this regulated navigation area, vessels must comply with the following requirements: Owners, operators or agents of all self-propelled oceangoing vessels greater than 500 gross tons and all barges and their supporting tugs must immediately advise the captain of the port of their intent to remain in port or to depart.

Owners, operators or agents of all self-propelled oceangoing vessels greater than 500 gross tons, and all barges and their supporting tugs desiring to remain in port must arrange safe moorings. Within 24 hours they must either complete and submit a remaining in port checklist to the captain of the port or appear in person at Sector Key West to provide a briefing on intentions for remaining in port.

All plans for remaining in port are subject to captain of the port acceptance. Copies of the checklist are available from the captain of the port.

All self-propelled oceangoing vessels greater than 500 gross tons and all barges and their supporting tugs departing the port must depart no later than 24 hours prior to the arrival of gale force winds; which is currently predicted for 3 p.m., Thursday. Vessels bound for this port which are unable to depart 24 hours prior to the arrival of gale force winds are advised to seek an alternative destination.

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