The Ports of Morehead City and Wilmington will be closing their gates to commercial traffic at 12:00 noon on Friday, August 26 in preparation for the threat of Hurricane Irene.
The NC State Ports Authority is making preparations for the safety of personnel and assets. Operations and Emergency Preparedness teams receive routine briefings and communications from the U.S. Coast Guard.
Status is routinely reported to Ports personnel, contractors, tenants and stevedores. All equipment including container cranes, generators, vehicles, and communications equipment is monitored for fuel, inventory and operability; and emergency supplies are inventoried and stocked.
Today, the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Captain of the Port for Sector North Carolina set Port Condition Whiskey for the Ports of Wilmington and Morehead City in preparation for the anticipated weather impact of Hurricane Irene.
Maritime hurricane Condition Whiskey is a heightened condition of readiness to indicate 72 hours prior to arrival of gale force winds.
The Authority anticipates the Cape Fear River to be closed by the USCG to inbound traffic late Thursday evening.
The Authority will continue to monitor conditions. Schedules and preparedness activities will be altered as conditions change.