USCG Warns Boaters to Stay Off Water, Sets Port Condition Whiskey

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An aerial view of the Port of Morehead City. (NC Ports photo)

The Coast Guard Captain of the Port set port condition Whiskey for the Ports of Wilmington and Morehead City due to predicted sustained tropical storm force winds generated by Hurricane Dorian that may arrive in the coming days.

Condition Whiskey means tropical storm force winds are expected at that port location within 72 hours. The ports remain open, but the Coast Guard is advising large vessels to depart for open water. Vessels that wish to stay in port must have a mooring plan approved.

Port closures are anticipated for Wednesday.

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Owners of pleasure craft are advised to closely monitor weather reports and seek safe harbor well before storm conditions arrive. Drawbridges may not be operating if sustained winds reach 25 mph or while an evacuation is in progress.

In a news release Sunday, the Coast Guard told boaters to heed weather watches, warnings and small craft advisories as search and rescue abilities deteriorate during storms. Information on small craft advisories can be found at weather.gov or VHF radio channel 16.

The Coast Guard urged owners of large boats to move their vessels to inland marinas and secure loose items and smaller vessels. Owners of trailerable boats are urged to pull them from the water.