Southern Ports Reopen Following Hurricane Hermine


By MarEx 2016-09-03 20:53:43

U.S. Coast Guard Captains of the Ports opened all commercial ports Saturday following Hurricane Hermine.

The ports of Charleston, Brunswick, Savannah, coastal South Carolina and coastal Georgia have resumed normal operations.

Hermine, the first hurricane to make landfall in Florida in 11 years, swept ashore early on Friday near the Gulf shore town of St. Marks with winds of 80 mph (129 kph).

Now weakened to a tropical storm, Hermine has killed two people - one in Florida and one in Virginia, with four others hurt.

Forecasters have said the system could strengthen back into a hurricane by Monday morning off the Maryland-Delaware coast before weakening again as it moves north. 

Coast Guard Captain of the port, Capt. Michael Day set Port Condition Whiskey for the Port of New York in preparation for the anticipated weather impact of Hurricane Hermine, on Saturday.

Port Condition Whiskey was set at 4 p.m. due to gale force winds from Hurricane Hermine being expected to make landfall along the coast of the New York and New Jersey within 72 hours.

Ports are currently open to all commercial traffic and all transfer operations may continue while Whiskey remains in effect.