The Coast Guard established "Yankee" port status at 8:00 p.m. Yesterday for the seaports in Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands, before a tropical storm warning and the possibility that sustained winds, greater than 39 miles per hour, can reach the islands in the next 12 hours.
The port captain is requesting action from the port maritime community to make final preparations for the approach of the atmospheric system. Ocean vessels of 500 gross tons or more, which do not have an approved application to remain in port, must have already left the port.
The maritime community is reminded that there is no refuge in these port facilities and that ports they are safer when the inventory of boats is minimal. As long as the "Yankee" port status is in effect, the port will be closed for incoming commercial maritime transit unless the port captain authorizes entry.
The port captain San Juan anticipates establishing the "Zulu" port status to 12:00 pm Today for the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. These dates and times are subject to change based on future weather forecast.
If Zulu port status is established, meaning strong winds are expected within 12 hours, port loading operations will be suspended and the port will be closed to all maritime traffic unless specifically authorized by the port's captain.
Recreational boat owners are encouraged to seek a safe harbor. Maritime and port facilities are reminded to review and update their response plans to face adverse weather conditions and to make the necessary preparations for a possible tropical storm impact in the area.