U.S. Coast Guard: Port Condition WHISKEY Set For South Florida

As of 8 a.m. Wednesday, the U.S. Coast Guard has set port condition Whiskey for all ports in South Florida.

Those ports include:

  • PortMiami
  • Miami River
  • Port Everglades 
  • Port of Palm Beach 
  • Port of Fort Pierce

Within approximately the next 72 hours, winds have the potential of reaching a sustained gale force of 25 mph and gusts up to 40 mph. 

The ports are currently open to commercial traffic, but commercial vessels and barges greater than 500 gross tons should make plans to depart whichever port they are docked at, officials say. 

Those who own vessels that they wish to remain at the port must contact the Coast Guard captain of the port to receive permission and are required to submit a safe mooring plan in writing.

Vessels bound for South Florida unable to depart 24 hours prior to threatening winds in the area are advised to seek an alternate destination.

Locals who own boats are also advised to seek safe harbor as soon as possible. Drawbridges might not operate if sustained winds reach 25 mph or when an evacuation is in progress.

Hurricane Irma is a large and powerful storm. All marine interests must take early and substantial action to ensure safety of the port and vessels. 

Future port conditions cannot be predicted with any degree of certainty, but provided the storm remains on the projected course and track, port stakeholders can expect the following progression of port conditions:

Sustained Gale Force winds from a hurricane force storm are predicted within 72 hours.

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