The Coast Guard established the Yankee port condition yesterday for the seaports in Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands, before the tropical storm warning and the possibility that Sustained winds greater than 39 mph can reach the islands in the next 12 hours.
The port captain is requesting action from the maritime-port community to make final preparations for the approach of the atmospheric system.  Ocean vessels of 500 gross tons or more, that do not have an approved request to remain in ports, must have already left, the Coast Guard said in a statement .
in turn, recalled to the maritime community that there is no refuge in these port facilities and that the ports are safer when the inventory of vessels is minimal.
While the port condition If the Yankee River is in effect, the ports will be closed for incoming commercial maritime traffic, unless the port captain authorizes entry.
Likewise, it is anticipated to establish the port status ZULU at 12:00 p.m. Today for the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.
These dates and times are subject to change depending on the future weather forecast.
If the port condition ZULU is established, which means that winds are expected strong within 12 hours, cargo operations at ports will be suspended and ports will be closed to all maritime traffic, unless specifically authorized.