Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands Issue Warning for Their Ports by Storm Isaac. The alert for the maritime sector in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands is imposed 48 hours before the arrival of the hurricane winds associated with tropical storm Isaac
All commercial vessels of more than 500 tons must make plans to depart from the port before the arrival of the atmospheric phenomenon.
The US Coast Guard in San Juan on Wednesday established the X-Ray condition for the ports of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands due to the expected passage through the tropical storm region of Isaac, an alert for the maritime sector imposed 48 hours before the arrival of hurricane winds.
Issue Warning for Their Ports by Storm Isaac
The Coast Guard, in a statement, warned the maritime community to stay alert and take necessary precautions as Isaac continues to approach the Lesser Antilles.
During the X-Ray condition, the port facilities are open to commercial traffic and all operations can continue as long as it remains in effect.
All commercial vessels of more than 500 tons must make plans to depart from the port.
Vessels wishing to remain in port must submit their application to the Captain of the Coast Guard Port and submit a secure mooring plan in writing for approval.
It is also recommended for recreational boats that look for a safe harbor.
In addition, maritime and port facilities should review and update their response plans to adverse weather conditions and make the necessary additional preparations to prepare adequately in the event of a possible impact in the area.
The Coast Guard of the Port of San Juan warned that in case of establishing the status of Yankee port, the movement of ships should be restricted and all movements should be approved by the captain of the port.
Isaac, according to the latest newsletter from the National Hurricane Center (CNH), draws maximum sustained winds of 70 miles per hour (110 km / h).
It moves west and is 610 miles (980 kilometers) east of the Lesser Antilles.
It is expected that its center will travel near or over the central zone of the Lesser Antilles on Thursday, and then, in the evening, it will go to the eastern Caribbean.
NHC experts detailed that Isaac could “be close to becoming a hurricane” as he moves through the center of the Lesser Antilles, with “some weakening” starting next Friday.
A hurricane watch has been issued for Guadeloupe, Martinique and Dominica and a tropical storm watch (system passage in 48 hours) for Antigua, Montserrat and San Cristobal and Nevis.
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