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    • NOAA:NHC: Isaias Updates

      With sustained winds of 70mph, Isaias is moving N at 13mph.

      AS HURRICANE ISAIAS APPROACHES, AIS HAS BEEN ENERGIZED ON THE ASSIGNED POSITIONS OF AID TO NAVIGATION IN THE FOLLOWING AREAS.
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      Coast Guard to discuss Hurricane preparations in Portsmouth, VA
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       A diminished Tropical Storm Isaias moves up South Florida coast, no longer a hurricane threat
      Daytona Beach News Journal
      SunSentinel Tropical Storm Isaias is no longer projected to become a hurricane, and hurricane warnings for South Florida have been lifted
      SunSentinel Coast Guard District 7 continues to urge Hurricane Isaias preparations, mariners to stay off waterIsaias weakens to a tropical storm but expected to regain hurricane strength as it nears Florida, rainy and windy night ahead
      SunSentinelFlorida issues state of emergency for Atlantic coast counties
      eTurboNewsHurricane Isaias batters Bahamas as storm targets entire US East Coast
      Washington PostHurricane Isaias slows nears Bahamas with 85 mph winds; track sweeps South Florida later today
      SunSentinelCoast Guard District 7 personnel respond, prepare for Hurricane Isaias, urge preparation 
      USCGHurricane Isaias headed north, could hit SC as tropical storm Monday
      Post and CourierCoast Guard urges hurricane preparedness ahead of Hurricane Isaias
      USCGGet the latest on the storm.
      SunSentinelHurricane watch issued for parts of South Florida coast but Hurricane Isaias is no longer expected to reach Category 2
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    • CRITICAL! WEAR A MASK! SAVE THE ECONOMY

      As states are experiencing huge spikes in COVID-19 cases, community leaders have finally taken the tough love action of requiring masks and social distancing in public. The governor of South Carolina has labeled not wearing a mask “stupid” but then refuses to require masks, so doing the right thing is up to us. We all – especially marinas and small businesses – want the economy to re-open, but until the proven COVID-19 protocols of wearing a mask and keeping your distance are followed, local businesses cannot recover and now face the possibility of a second lockdown. 
      Wearing a mask is such a small inconvenience compared to losing those favorite places and businesses you have been frequenting without a mask!
       
      THIS IS NOT ABOUT POLITICS…IT IS ABOUT SAVING OUR ECONOMY! IT IS UP TO YOU!
       
      Be smart, be kind, be considerate… WEAR A MASK!
       
       

      Top U.S. health official says ‘simple’ behavior changes would curb pandemic
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    • National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, Hidden Pacific, August 13th

      YOU’RE INVITED! Special screening of Hidden Pacific and live filmmaker Q&A.

       
      Join us for a unique, behind-the-scenes look into the deep blue waters, vibrant coral reefs, and pristine atolls of our Pacific marine national monuments and marine sanctuaries!
       

      On August 13th, the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation will host a virtual advance screening of the film Hidden Pacific, along with a live Q&A with filmmaker Ian Shive, as part of the Foundation’s Blue Beacon series.

      Register Now

      The deep blue waters of the Pacific Ocean are teeming with life. Islands that barely rise above the ocean’s surface are home to massive seabird rookeries, and underneath the waves, vibrant coral reefs that give life to species found nowhere else on Earth. These wild and wondrous protected waters encompass the healthiest coral reefs in U.S. waters as well as some of the most pristine atolls on Earth. They also help safeguard a rich cultural history that spans millennia—from Polynesian sacred sites to World War II battlegrounds.

      Explore these wondrous places through Hidden Pacific, a pioneering film profiling the Pacific Ocean’s protected and remote marine national monuments and national wildlife refuge islands. Then, join the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation for a live Q&A event on August 13th at 7:30pm ET/4:30pm PT/1:30 pm HT with filmmaker Ian Shive to discuss his film, the beauty and biodiversity of Pacific marine sanctuaries and monuments, and the need to protect them for our shared future.

       

      Because Hidden Pacific will not be released in theaters until 2021, we may only allow one-time screening access for this film on August 13th. Once registered for the event, attendees will receive a link and password to view the film prior to the scheduled live Q&A at 7:30pm ET/4:30pm PT/1:30pm HT.

      The live Q&A will take place on Facebook Live through our Blue Beacon: Hidden Pacific Facebook event page.

      Register today to join us for this special access event. Mark your calendars – we will see you on August 13th!

      Learn More About the Event
       

      About the Blue Beacon Series

      The National Marine Sanctuary Foundation’s Blue Beacon Series aims to bring to light the ocean and Great Lakes’ biggest challenges through panels, lectures, and film screenings hosted around the country in order to build communities of support for marine protected areas. This series builds on the momentum of Capitol Hill Ocean Week, the nation’s premier conference on ocean and Great Lakes policy issues by bringing these important conversations into locally relevant contexts. For more information, visit marinesanctuary.org/bluebeacon.

      Vibrant coral in the shallow waters of Palmyra Atoll National Wildlife Refuge in the Northern Pacific Ocean. Photo credit: Ian Shive
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      8601 Georgia Ave, Suite 510

      Silver Spring, Maryland 20910

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    • NOAA Navigation Services Newsletter – August 3, 2020

      This NOAA’s quarterly newsletter with information regarding progress and innovations in navigation.
       
       

       
      August 3, 2020
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      Quarterly Newsletter
       
      NOAA releases annual High Tide Flooding Report
      Car driving through a flooded street.
      Coastal communities across the U.S. continued to see record-setting high-tide flooding in 2019, forcing their residents and visitors to deal with flooded shorelines, streets, and basements — a trend that is expected to continue into 2021. In July, NOAA released its 6th State of High Tide Flooding and Annual Outlook report that documents changes in high-tide flooding patterns from the previous year at 98 NOAA tide gauges along the U.S. coast. The report provides a flooding outlook for these locations for the coming year as well as projections for the next several decades. High tide flooding, often referred to as “nuisance” or “sunny day” flooding, is increasingly common due to years of relative sea level increases. It occurs when tides reach anywhere from 1.75 to 2 feet above the daily average high tide and start spilling onto streets or bubbling up from storm drains. Damaging floods, that decades ago happened only during a storm, now happen more regularly, such as during a full-moon tide or with a change in prevailing winds or currents. The report found that high tide flooding is now accelerating at 75% of locations along the East and Gulf Coasts. Nineteen locations in 2019, primarily in these regions, broke or tied their flood records. By 2030, high tide flooding is likely to occur in the range of 7-15 days and by 2050, between 25-75 days. These long-term outlooks are based on the range of relative sea level rise ‘more likely’ to occur by 2030 and 2050 using projections of the Fourth National Climate Assessment.
       
      High-definition charts advance precision marine navigation
      Band 6 chart of birthing area in Long Beach Harbor.
      For large vessels entering port where there is next to zero margin for error, pilots and shipmasters are looking for the highest resolution data available to help them navigate these tight spaces safely and efficiently. NOAA recently constructed and released 16 high-definition (HD), band 6 (or berthing scale) electronic navigational charts for Los Angeles/Long Beach Harbor, providing mariners with the best charts available to do their job. These HD charts contain all features necessary for navigation, but also have bathymetry with one-meter curve intervals. They comply with the International Hydrographic Organization’s S-57 standard and offer a new opportunity to deliver chart products that fully take advantage of high-resolution hydrographic surveys. These products represent an innovation in the delivery of bathymetric data within our navigation products.
       
      Image of NOAA Custom Chart Prototype
       
      Did you know?
       
      NOAA released an improved user interface for the NOAA Custom Chart (NCC) prototype web application. In this refreshed version, NCC settings are simplified and more logically organized, appropriate default values for depth contour labels, depth shades, and compass roses are set, and the NOAA color palette from traditional NOAA paper charts is implemented. Over the coming months, Coast Survey will improve the prototype further by incorporating traditional NOAA paper chart symbology for buoys, beacons, and lights, adding survey quality diagrams, improving chart note management and presentation, and also improving compass rose placement.
       
       
      New PORTS® current meter operational on the Cape Cod Canal
      Map showing location of Cape Code wave buoy.
      A new current meter, an enhancement to the Cape Cod Physical Oceanographic Real-Time System (PORTS®), went operational this month. This sensor is installed at the west end of the Cape Cod Canal, where it meets Buzzards Bay. Swift currents are part of the canal’s dynamic and hydraulic nature and often exceed five knots. In addition to commercial fishing and regular tug and barge traffic, larger vessels such as roll on/roll off vehicle carriers, oil tankers, and even the occasional cruise ship transit the canal. The newly available real time observations will promote enhanced safety to local mariners. Cape Cod PORTS is a partnership among NOAA’s Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services, NERACOOS and Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP). PORTS is a successful public-private partnership that provides an integrated system of sensors concentrated in seaports, which supplies commercial vessel operators with reliable real-time information about environmental conditions.
       
      NOAA science aids construction of elevated highway to combat sea level rise in Louisiana
       
      The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development was recently awarded a $135 million federal grant, as a part of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Infrastructure for Rebuilding America program, for construction of an 8.3-mile elevated LA Highway 1 between Leeville and Golden Meadow in Lafourche Parish. This stretch of highway is increasingly closed due to flooding. NOAA provided flooding projections that predict the current highway, without modification, will be underwater for 22 days out of the year by 2030 and 201 days by 2047. As recently as June 7, the highway was closed for almost an entire day due to Tropical Storm Cristobal. This road serves as the sole evacuation route for the port and communities in Grand Isle and lower Lafourche Parish. It also provides access to coastal marshes and wetlands undergoing vital restoration and protection efforts and is the only access to Port Fourchon and the Louisiana Offshore Oil Port.
       
      United States Coast Pilot® covering the Pacific now in two volumes
      United States Coast Pilot 10 booklet cover.
      The previous edition of United States Coast Pilot® 7 covered an enormous area, from the southern end of California, northward along the entire Pacific Coast to the border with Canada near Vancouver, British Columbia. It also included descriptions of the coastlines of all major Hawaiian Islands and the remote Pacific Islands. Out of necessity, the information in volume 7 is now divided into two books. Coast Pilot 7 is now titled Pacific Coast, California and a new volume is titled Coast Pilot 10 Pacific Coast: Oregon, Washington, Hawaii and Pacific Islands. This new volume is the first in over 60 years.
       
       
      Mobile Bay PORTS gets a new current meter
      Map of NOAA current meter locations
      A new side-looking current meter was recently installed on the Cochrane Bridge in Mobile, Alabama. This current meter is part of the Mobile Bay PORTS®. This station was moved from its original location to a site that would provide data more representative of conditions in the adjacent turning basin, critical for cargo ships entering the seaport. This was a challenging installation that required working in a remote location from a barge, working from heights, using crane operations, and commercial diving.
       
      NOAA seeks industry feedback as it begins testing the Precision Navigation Data Dissemination prototype
      Image of Precision Marine Navigation gateway.
      NOAA’s Precision Navigation program is building a prototype data gateway for users to discover, visualize, and disseminate NOAA marine navigation products and services. The backbone of this dissemination system is to provide for machine-to-machine dissemination that allows the mariners’ existing navigation software to automatically discover if NOAA has made new data available and ingest it directly into the system. NOAA’s integrated marine navigation services through this site will help ship operators optimize their routes, save fuel, reduce lightering, and reduce port wait times based on environmental conditions.
       
       
      Save the Date!
       
      NOAA will be hosting a virtual Precision Marine Navigation workshop September 30 – October 1, 2020. Learn about the program’s progress over the past year, see a demonstration of the new prototype data dissemination system, and provide your feedback. The agenda and registration information will be posted in the coming weeks.
       
       
      NOAA takes first steps to relocate Wisconsin NWLON station
       
      NOAA recently took the first steps to relocate the National Water Level Observation Network (NWLON) station in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The new site will be located at the South Bay Marina, where an underwater heated circulation pump system will keep the tide station free of ice in the winter months, an improvement over the old location. The first step in the relocation process is to install a temporary station in the new location to collect as much data overlap with the old location as possible. The NWLON is a network of more than 200 water level stations in the U.S and is the source for accurate real-time and historical water levels for governments, the commercial navigation sector, and recreational users.
       
       
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    • Gateway to the Gulf Newsletter from the City of Gulfport, Fl, August 3, 2020, Boca Ciega Bay


      Gulfport Marina includes dry boat storage, ship store, bathroom, public boat ramp, parking, fueling stations, lighted range markers and guest docking facility.

      Gulfport Municipal Marina, A CRUISERS NET SPONSOR, and the City of Gulfport always have a full calendar of events for all ages. The marina and harbor, found on the northern shores of Boca Ciega Bay, are easily accessible from the Western Florida ICW, just north of Tampa Bay.

       
      Week of August 3, 2020
       
      Gateway to the Gulf Newsletter
       
       
       
      Virtual/Regular Events & Meetings
       
       
      Virtual City Council Meeting
      Tuesday, August 4th at 6 p.m.
       
      Gulfport TV 640 (Spectrum only)
      Contact: 727-893-1012
       
       
       
      Virtual City Council Meeting
      Wednesday, August 19th at 6 p.m.
       
      Virtual Zoom Meeting
      Gulfport TV 640 (Spectrum only)
      Contact: 727-893-1012
       
       
       
      VPK Program & Tot-Time’s 2020-2021
      Open House
      Wednesday, August 26th
      9 a.m. – 2 p.m. & 5 – 7 p.m.
       
      Gulfport Recreation Center
      Call (727)-893-1068 to schedule a time slot
       
      Virtual Neighborhood Watch Meeting
      Wednesday’s at 7 p.m.
       
      Broadcasting “live on Facebook” Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. Check on updates for your area and learn about recent incidents related to vehicle, residential burglaries, BOLO’s and stolen vehicles.
       
      For more information, please contact Mr. Jim Wright Volunteer Coordinator at 727-893-1022 or jwright@mygulfport.us.
       
       
      Community Outreach
       
       
      City of Gulfport City Council Public Service Announcement on the Importance of Masks
      City of Gulfport Public Service Announcement on the Importance of Masks
       
      “WE wear a mask to protect YOU, Let’s ALL wear a mask to protect each other!”
       
      -Gulfport City Council
       
      For questions or more information,
      please call (727) 893-1000.
       
      Mayor Henderson and the Gulfport City Council addressed the importance of mask usage during the COVID-19 pandemic.
       
      WE MUST CONTINUE to take personal responsibility to protect ourselves and our loved ones.
       
      The CDC recommends that people wear cloth face coverings in public settings and when around people who don’t live in your household, especially when other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.
       
      And Remember, 
      • Wash your hands often,
      • Cover your cough or sneeze,
      • Avoid touching your face,
      • Clean and disinfect frequently,
      • Avoid close contact, stay home if you are sick and,
      • Call your doctor if you develop fever, cough, or difficulty breathing.
       
      We in the City of Gulfport have already distributed 20,000 masks to people in our community and people visiting us. 
       
      Free Face Masks at the Gulfport Casino Ballroom & 49th Street Neighborhood Center!!!
       
       
      Please Wear a Mask
       
      Don’t have a mask? No problem! Visit the Gulfport Casino Ballroom or the 49th Street Neighborhood Center for a FREE mask.
       
       
      Addresses & Hours of Operation
       
      Gulfport Casino Ballroom (Walk-up site)
       
      49th Street Neighborhood Center (Walk-up site)
       
       
      Cloth Face Coverings: Do’s & Don’ts
       
      Wearing a cloth face covering CORRECTLY can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 to others. When you go out on essential trips, follow these “do’s”.
       
      If you have a child, remember those under age 2 should not wear a face covering.
       
       
      Washing Your Cloth Face Covering
       
      Cloth face coverings should be washed after each use. It is important to always remove face coverings correctly and wash your hands after handling or touching a used face covering. Remember: Cloth face coverings are still required when inside indoor public places in Pinellas County. Learn how to keep your mask clean: https://bit.ly/37Fjpid
       
       
      Gulfport Library is Open with Limited Service!
       
      Check out all the Virtual Events the Gulfport Public Library has to offer on their Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/GulfportLibraryFL.
       
       
       
      City of Gulfport Williams Pier Temporarily Closed
       
      In June, the City of Gulfport Williams Pier was temporarily closed for approximately three months for scheduled construction.
       
      If you have any questions, please contact the Public Works Department at 727-893-1089.
      The City of Gulfport is accepting applications for the Residential, Recovery and Resiliency R3 Program, a grant program aiding individual City of Gulfport Utility customers susceptible to an interruption in service i.e. “cut off” due to non-payment. Residents who are more than two months past due on their Utility Account and within two weeks from their scheduled turnoff are advised to apply for the R3 Grant Program.
       
      For more information on the program, how to identify your cycle number or to apply, please visit www.mygulfport.us/paymentassistance or call 727-893-1016.
       
       
      The City of Gulfport is still offering grant funding for eligible small businesses employing between 3 & 50 full time equivalent employees within City of Gulfport municipal boundaries. Grants in the amount of $1000 are distributed on a first come basis until the fund is depleted.
       
      For more information please visit www.mygulfport.us/gatewaygrant/, call Carmen Soto-Torres at 893-1045 or email cSotoTorres@mygulfport.us.
      It’s now even easier to apply for help paying overdue rent, mortgage or utilities with Pinellas CARES. Text COVIDCARES to 898211.
       
      Updated qualifications include: signed form attesting job/income loss from COVID19 & $10K or less in the bank + a picture of documents showing U.S. & Pinellas residency. You can get up to $5K per household, including new bills, even if you previously received help since March.
       
       
       
      Gulfport Flood and Hurricane Information
       
      If a disaster were to hit today, would you be ready? Visit www.mygulfport.us/hurricane-center/ for planning tips, evacuation zone information, a list of recommended supplies, and other useful hurricane-related information. Be prepared to stay safe. The Atlantic Basin Hurricane Season ends November 30.
       
       
      Gulfport Police Department Seeking Public Input on Use of Force Policy
       
      Gulfport Police Chief Rob Vincent is inviting public feedback in the agency’s review of their use of force policies. Please see Chief Vincent’s blog for specific information on the changes that are being considered as they relate to the “8 can’t wait” campaign.
       
      City Services and Important Contact Information
       
      Our highest responsibility to you is the delivery of reliable City Services. Below is important contact information to remain in contact with the City of Gulfport staff.
       
       
       
      ALERTPinellas
       
      Receive alerts about emergencies and other important community news by signing up for our community’s Emergency Alert Program – Alert Pinellas.
      Pinellas County has also established a dedicated COVID-19 webpage where citizens can find in-depth information on the virus, links to resources and regular updates.
       
      COVID-19 testing is available from Community Health Centers of Pinellas and Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County. Find testing sites near you at https://covid19.pinellascounty.org/testing/
       
       
      COVID-19 Service Change:
      2020 Mobile Electronics & Chemical Collection Schedule
       
      For hours, what to bring, quantity limits, and new unloading procedures, visit: www.pinellascounty.org/solidwaste/hec3
       
      For questions, contact the Department of Solid Waste at (727) 464-7500 or “live chat” at www.pinellascounty.org/solidwaste.
       
       
      Take the 2020 Census
       
      Have you taken the 2020 Census yet? Don’t be afraid to be counted! It’s quick, secure and confidential; by law, your answers cannot be used against you in any way.
       
      Take the census at My2020Census.gov or by calling 844-330-2020.
       
       
      Catch A Ride With GEMS!
       
      The Gulfport Extended Mobility Service (GEMS) run thru the Senior Center has resumed limited, essential transportation services to grocery stores, medical appointments, etc.
       
      Any Gulfport residents 55 & older or residents with a disability can take advantage of GEMS door to door service for a yearly membership of $70 plus $2 per ride.
       
      For more information, call 893-2242.
       
       
       
      Do you love Gulfport and wish you could be here all the time? Check out our live streaming cameras to see what you are missing. From beaches and volleyball to dining and special events; Gulfport has it all! After all we are one of the most fun and exciting cities on the Gulf coast!
       
       
       
       
       
       
      Latest Beach Water Quality Sampling Data:
       
       
      City of Gulfport
      High Efficiency Toilet Rebate Program
       
       
      For more information, please visit 
      www.mygulfport.us/toilet-rebate-program or contact 727-893-1016.
      Gulfport on the Go!
      Get the City App
       
      City of Gulfport is proud to announce the launch of the new City of Gulfport app for iOS and Android mobile devices, the newest way to connect with its citizens.
       
      The Official City of Gulfport app offers citizens a simple way to submit requests-like reporting potholes, signs, trash or debris, code violations, and inquiring about an event venue. Users can include an address and description, GPS-specific location, as well as a photo of the issue. Once a request is submitted, you can keep track of pending and completed requests within the “My Requests” section. In addition, the City app has direct links to the online utility bill payment system, the City calendar, frequently asked questions, the city employee directory, the sanitation department, and the electronic newsletter signup.
       
      The City App allows residents to connect more conveniently with City government to report issues and request non-emergency services. Offering more ways for citizens to connect with the City, please email info@mygulfport.us or call 727-893-1118 with questions or technical issues about the smart phone app.
      Reassurance Telephone Program
       
      Gulfport Senior Center
      5501 27th Ave. S.
       
      Let the friendly Volunteers of the Gulfport Senior Center chat with you on a daily basis. Sign up for the Gulfport Reassurance Program and choose between two call times: early-morning or mid-morning. This service is designed to help you feel secure and connected.
       
      For more information, call the Gulfport Senior Center at (727) 893-2237
       
      Online access to the City of Gulfport Municipal Code is provided at the following link: Gulfport, Florida – Code of Ordinances
       
      City of Gulfport Florida | 2401 53rd Street SouthGulfport, FL 33707

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    • LNM: East Coast Port Conditions

       Port Conditions are a direct indication of the seriousness with which the Coast Guard considers an approaching storm. See Hurricane Isaias for chart and updates.

      KEY WEST, Fla. — Effective at 8 a.m. Sunday, the Coast Guard Captain of the Port opened the Port of Key West following Tropical Storm Isaias

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      MIAMI — Effective midnight, the Coast Guard Captain of the Port set port condition Zulu for the Port Miami and Miami River due to the possibility of sustained tropical force winds greater than 39 mph from Hurricane Isaias that may arrive within 12 hours.

      Effective at 8 a.m., Saturday, Port Everglades and the ports of Palm Beach and Fort Pierce are scheduled to be set to port condition Zulu. 

      ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— Effective Monday, the Coast Guard Captain of the Port opened the Port of St. Petersburg following Tropical Storm Isaias. 

      JACKSONVILLE, Fla.  — Effective 8 a.m. Saturday, the Coast Guard Captain of the Port (COTP) set port condition Yankee for the Port of Jacksonville due to the expectation of tropical-storm-force winds generated by Hurricane Isaias that may arrive within 24 hours.

      JACKSONVILLE — 8 p.m Saturday, the Coast Guard Captain of the Port set port condition Zulu for the Port Canaveral due to the possibility of sustained tropical force winds greater than 39 mph from Hurricane Isaias that may arrive within 12 hours.

      CHARLESTON, S.C. — Effective 8 a.m., Monday, the Coast Guard Captain of the Port set port condition Zulu for the Port of Charleston due to the possibility of sustained tropical force winds greater than 39 mph from Hurricane Isaias that may arrive within 12 hours.

      WILMINGTON, N.C. – The Captain of the Port set Port Condition Zulu for the Port of Wilmington at 9 a.m. on Monday, due to predicted sustained tropical storm force winds generated by Tropical Storm Isaias, which may arrive within the next 12 hours.

      SAVANNAH, Ga.  — Effective 4 p.m. Sunday, the Coast Guard Captain of the Port (COTP) set port condition Yankee for the Port of Savannah due to the expectation of tropical-storm-force winds generated by Tropical Storm Isaias that may arrive within 24 hours.

      PORTSMOUTH – The Captain of the Port set Port Condition X-Ray for the Port of Virginia at 08:00 p.m. on Saturday due to predicted sustained tropical storm force winds generated by Hurricane Isaias that may arrive within the next 48 hours

       

      Vessels desiring to remain in port must immediately contact the COTP to receive permission and are required to submit a safe mooring plan in writing. Vessels bound for the Port of Key West are unable to depart 24 hours prior to threatening winds making landfall are advised to seek an alternate destination.

      Pleasure crafts are advised to seek safe harbor. Drawbridges may not be operating if sustained winds reach 25 mph or when an evacuation is in progress. Port facilities are advised to review their heavy weather plans and take all necessary precautions to adequately prepare for the expected conditions. Mariners can view the latest port updates on the Coast Guard’s Homeport site.

      If and when port condition Yankee is set, meaning sustained gale force winds are expected within 24 hours, vessel movement shall be restricted, and all commercial movements must be approved by the captain of the port.

      The Coast Guard is warning the public of these important safety messages:

      • Stay off the water. The Coast Guard’s search and rescue capabilities degrade as storm conditions strengthen.  This means help could be delayed. Boaters should heed weather watches, warnings and small craft advisories.
      • Evacuate as necessary. If mandatory evacuations are set for an area, the public should evacuate without delay. Coast Guard personnel and other emergency responders may not be able to evacuate or rescue those in danger during the storm. 
      • Secure belongings. Owners of large boats are urged to move their vessels to inland marinas where they will be less vulnerable to breaking free of their moorings or to sustaining damage. Trailer-able boats should be pulled from the water and stored in a place that is not prone to flooding. Those who are leaving their boats in the water are reminded to remove EPIRBs and to secure life rings, lifejackets and small boats. These items, if not properly secured, can break free and require valuable search and rescue resources be diverted to ensure people are not in distress.
      • Stay clear of beaches. Wave heights and currents typically increase before a storm makes landfall. Even the best swimmers can fall victim to the strong waves and rip currents caused by hurricanes. Swimmers should stay clear of beaches until local lifeguards and law enforcement officials say the water is safe.
      • Be prepared. Area residents should be prepared by developing a family plan, creating a disaster supply kit, having a place to go, securing their home and having a plan for pets. Information can be found at the National Hurricane Center’s webpage.
      • Stay informed. The public should monitor the progress and strength of the storm through local television, radio and Internet. Boaters can monitor its progress on VHF radio channel 16. Information can also be obtained on small craft advisories and warnings on VHF radio channel 16. 

      For information on Tropical Storm Isaias progress and hurricane preparedness, please visit the National Hurricane Center’s webpage.

      For more breaking news follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

      -USCG-

       

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    • LNM: Normal Lock Hours, Okeechobee Waterway

      Our thanks to Specialist Erica Skolte for this notice.

      Notice is given that the extended lock hours on the Okeechobee Waterway have been suspended and we will be returning to normal lock hours of operation from 7:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m., with the last lockage starting at 4:30.

      https://www.saj.usace.army.mil/NTN/

      Be safe!
      Erica

      Erica Skolte
      Public Affairs Specialist
      Corporate Communications Office
      U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District Palm Beach Gardens
      OFFICE PHONE 561-340-1527
      Cell:  561-801-5734
      erica.a.skolte@usace.army.mil
      Twitter @JaxStrong
      Jacksonville District Facebook:
      https://www.facebook.com/JacksonvilleDistrict
      Jacksonville District: A team of professionals making tomorrow better “Keep Calm and Essayons”

       

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