Coast Guard sets Port Condition Yankee for Morehead City, NC

5th Coast Guard District News
PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard Captain of the Port (COTP) North Carolina has set Port Condition Yankee for Morehead City in preparation for the anticipated weather impact of Hurricane Arthur.

Gale Force winds (34 knots or 39 mph) are expected to reach Frying Pan Shoals Lighted Buoy 16 (A15) within 24 hours. Pleasure craft are advised to seek safe harbor.

The Port of Morehead City is closed to all inbound traffic. No vessel may enter the port of Morehead City without the permission of the COTP.

1. All self-propelled oceangoing vessels over 500 gross-tons, all oceangoing barges and their supporting tugs and all tank barges over 200 gross-tons departing the port must schedule their departure to clear the Frying Pan Shoals Lighted Buoy 16 (A15) at least 12 hours prior to the setting of Port Condition Yankee.

2. All commercial vessels and barges who have received permission from the Captain of the Port to remain in port must be at their site in accordance with their application as approved by the Captain of the Port upon the setting of Port Condition Yankee.

Vessels bound for this port shall seek an alternative destination. Mariners are also advised that drawbridges will remain closed when wind speeds are 34 knots or greater or once evacuations begin. Because of the uncertainty of weather movements and related bridge closures, mariners are urged to seek passage through drawbridges well in advance of the arrival of gale force winds.

The Port of Wilmington remains at Modified Port Condition Whiskey.

The Coast Guard requests that the public listen to weather information available from other sources and not call the Coast Guard for weather information.

A vessel remaining in port checklist may be obtained via the internet at Select North Carolina in the port directory. The checklist is located under the “Local Contingency Plans” header selecting the “Sector NC Port Stakeholder Severe Weather Plan” link.. The checklist is contained on page C-41 of the document.

For updated COTP information for ports in North Carolina, please visit:

For information on how to prepare your boat or trailer for a hurricane, please visit

For information on Hurricane Arthur’s progress and hurricane preparedness, please visit the National Hurricane Center’s Web page at

Visit the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s site to stay informed and for tips to prepare and plan for the storm at

For additional information on the storm, visit the National Hurricane Center website

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