Coast Guard sets Hurricane Condition 2, Port Condition Yankee in South Texas ports

Coast Guard 8th District NewsCORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The United States Coast Guard has set Hurricane Condition II and Port Condition Yankee in Victoria, Corpus Christi, Brownsville and the surrounding area in response to Tropical Storm Don. The warning condition has been set 24 hours prior to arrival of gale force winds (39 mph/34 knots) associated with tropical cyclone activity. As a result of setting Yankee, the above ports will be closed to all inbound commercial vessel traffic and to vessels over 500 gross tons.

The maritime community should plan to complete cargo-handling operations within 12 hours. Wharf operators should make preparations to remove or secure all exposed equipment and cargo on open wharves. Vessel and facility personnel should inspect their vessels mooring and anchor lines. Any ship unable to get underway for evasion under its own power should carry out the alternative plan previously approved by the Coast Guard. The Coast Guard requests that the public not call Coast Guard facilities for weather information, but to listen to weather broadcasts.

Coast Guard Sector Corpus Christi has made preparations to maintain response after storm passage. All cutters have been moored in safe harbor, and small boats have been placed on trailers out of the water for safe storage. Air Station Corpus Christi has relocated an aircraft in case of local airfield closure.

The Coast Guard will conduct post storm assessments on Saturday morning to include over flights of the ports, aids to navigation inspections, and resuming normal operations at all units. Unit personnel are not being evacuated and standard duty crews will be maintained, although rescue response may be limited during the height of the storm.

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