Coast Guard Captain of the Port sets Port Condition ZULU for Pago Pago, American Samoa

Hawaii-Pacific Coast Guard NewsPAGO PAGO, American Samoa — The Coast Guard Captain of the Port has set Port Condition ZULU (sustained Gale Force winds from a storm are predicted within 12 hours) for the Port of Pago Pago, at 7:30 p.m., Thursday.

In Port Condition ZULU the port is closed and all port operations are suspended except for vessel movements and activities specifically authorized by the Coast Guard COTP.

A Tropical Depression storm watch is in effect and expected to arrive by the weekend. The Coast Guard is focused on maintaining the safety and security of the region’s ports and waterways.

Mariners should secure their boats and boating equipment. Owners of large boats are urged to move their vessels to protected marinas where they will be less likely to break free of their moorings or to be otherwise damaged. It may be advisable for smaller boats to be pulled from the water and stored in a place that is not prone to flooding and is protected.

Mariners and beachgoers should monitor the progress and strength of the storms through the Internet, local television, newspapers and radio stations. Boaters can monitor the progress of the storms on VHF channel 16. Small craft advisories and warnings are also broadcast on VHF channel 16.

The public is advised to use extreme caution and prepare for the onset of heavy weather expected to generate extreme sea conditions, storm surge and high surf throughout American Samoa. The maritime community is reminded to heed the advisories from civilian/state/local authorities.

Swimmers are urged to stay clear of beaches until local officials say the water is safe. Local waters can also become contaminated due to runoff for several days following a storm.

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