Coast Guard continues to assess waterways impacted by Hurricane Florence

Crew members from Coast Guard Cutter Frank Drew reset buoys off the coast of Atlantic Beach, North Carolina, after Hurricane Florence, Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018. The Frank Drew is 175-foot buoy tender homeported in Portsmouth, Virginia. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

Crew members from Coast Guard Cutter Frank Drew reset buoys off the coast of Atlantic Beach, North Carolina, after Hurricane Florence, Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

GOLDSBORO, N.C. – Coast Guard Sector North Carolina personnel and other federal partners continue to assess and ensure the safe navigation of North Carolina waterways impacted by Hurricane Florence on Friday.

Coast Guard aids to navigation teams verified the location and operability of 81 percent of the 2,064 aids in their area of responsibility affected by Hurricane Florence. Coast Guard Aids to Navigation Team Wanchese, Fort Macon and Oak Island worked together with Coast Guard Cutters Smilax, Cypress, Kennebec, Frank Drew, Diligence, Dependable, Bruckenthal, Bayberry and Oak to correct 161 of the 187 reported discrepancies.

Sector North Carolina units fully mission capable are:

  • Station Emerald Isle
  • Station Fort Macon
  • Station Hobucken
  • Station Elizabeth City
  • Station Oregon Inlet
  • Station Wrightsville Beach

Sector North Carolina units operating with limitations are:

  • Station Oak Island
  • Station Hatteras Inlet

All mariners are advised to exercise extreme caution when transiting due to possible shoaling, debris and aids to navigation that still may be off-station or unreliable. Mariners should report any hazards to navigation to the Coast Guard Sector North Carolina command center at 919-722-4884.

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