WILMINGTON, N.C. (WNCT) The Captain of the Port for the Port of Wilmington set Port Condition Yankee at 8 p.m., Sunday, in anticipation of Tropical Storm Isaias, indicating that sustained gale-force winds are possible within 24 hours.
In Port Condition Yankee, the affected ports are closed to inbound vessel traffic greater than 500 gross tons.
All vessels greater than 500 gross tons without permission to remain in port should have departed or should be prepared to depart prior to the setting of Port Condition Zulu.
Zulu is set approximately 12 hours in advance of anticipated gale-force winds, which would close the port and all port operations would be suspended.
The Coast Guard strongly cautions the maritime community to remain vigilant and take the necessary precautions as Tropical Storm Isaias approaches.
Pleasure craft are advised to seek safe harbor. Maritime and port facilities are reminded to review and update their heavy weather response plans and make any additional preparations needed to adequately prepare in case of a potential impact to the area.
The Coast Guard and its partners stand ready to conduct search and rescue efforts and respond to those in need. Our immediate pre-storm activities are focused on saving the lives of those in distress, reopening the ports to foster the flow of commerce and facilitate recovery operations, and assessing and mitigating environmental threats or damage from pollution.