PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) — The approach of Hurricane Sandy has prompted the Coast Guard to restrict access to ports in the coastal waters of the eastern shore of Maryland and Virginia.
Coast Guard officials said in a news release Saturday evening that it has set Port Condition Yankee, which means gale-force winds are possible within 24 hours at the Virginia Capes. No vessel may enter ports along the eastern shore without the permission of the captain of the port.READ MORE: ‘This Is Not Fear Mongering’ Baltimore Mayor Brings Back Indoor Mask Mandate; Governor Says No To Statewide Mask Mandate But Will Require Vaccines, Testing For Some State Employees
All remaining ports in the Hampton Roads region remain at Port Condition x-Ray.READ MORE: 'I Saw It Coming' Residents React To Reinstated Indoor Mask Mandate In Baltimore
The news release says facility operators should contact Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads at 757-638-6641 to request permission for vessels to enter the port.
Anchored vessels should prepare for severe winds. Vessels should monitor VHF-FM channel 16.MORE NEWS: Ravens Announce Countdown To Kickoff Watch Party For Season Opener Against Raiders
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