PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — The Port of Wilmington and Morehead City, North Carolina were set to Port Condition Yankee on Tuesday at 9 p.m. and the Port of Hampton Roads COTP was set at midnight ahead of Hurricane Florence.
The Coast Guard says Port Condition Yankee indicates sustained gale-force winds are possible within 24 hours and the ports will be closed to all inbound vessel traffic greater than 500 gross tons.
According to the Coast Guard, all vessels greater than 500 gross tons without permission to remain in port should have left or be prepared to leave prior to Port Condition Zulu. Zulu is set 12 hours before gale-force winds.
The COTP of Baltimore remains at Port Condition Whiskey.
The Coast Guard is encouraging the maritime community to take the necessary precautions as Hurricane Florence approaches including staying off the water, securing belongings, stay clear of the beaches and staying informed.