Tropical Storm Hermine – The Port of Virginia

As Tropical Storm (TS) Hermine approaches the East Coast, The Port of Virginia Team is committed to being accessible, mindful and helpful, and plans to keep you – our valued customers – informed. The safety of our colleagues, facilities and your cargo are our top priority.

Tropical systems are extremely difficult to predict in terms of exact storm track and associated impacts. We are closely monitoring TS Hermine via forecasts from the National Hurricane Center – http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/ – and the National Weather Service in Wakefield, Virginia – http://www.weather.gov/akq/. Current forecasts indicate a predominantly marine weather event, with the most severe conditions occurring offshore. In Norfolk, wind gusts could reach 35-45 mph during the day on Saturday, September 3.

At 2:00 p.m. Thursday, September 1, the U.S. Coast Guard – Sector Hampton Roads – set Port Condition WHISKEY, indicating that sustained gale force winds are predicted to arrive at the Virginia Capes within 72 hours. Port commerce is not impacted by this declaration. All Port of Virginia terminals continue to operate under “business as usual” conditions. We expect to maintain this status throughout the Labor Day weekend, operating according to posted hours.

Our Operations, Maintenance and IT Teams are employing proven strategies for severe weather preparation on our terminals, including:

• Lowering and grounding empty container stacks

• Securing warehouse doors

• Securing and fueling pumps and generators

• Checking UPS systems and backups to ensure data integrity

As for conditions and operating status at our terminals, please bookmark the following page on our website: Port of Virginia Ops Alerts

You may also subscribe to our text alert notifications – instructions here: Subscribing to Port Text Alerts

Our Customer Service Team can be reached here: Contact Customer Service

For Virginia state-wide information, consider bookmarking the Virginia Department of Emergency Management – Ready Virginia – and for highway/road info – 511 Virginia.

With safety as our top priority, we value our role as stewards of your cargo. We commit to keeping you informed as this weather system progresses.

 

 

SOURCE: THE VIRGINIA PORT AUTHORITY

An electronic version of this announcement can be found here:  Tropical Storm Hermine

 

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