An online version of this message can be found here: Tropical Storm Isaias – Message 2 – 2:00 p.m. on August 2

The Port of Virginia is open and operating, following standard hours at all terminals and facilities.

In the interest of diligence and safety, we continue to monitor the forecast track of Tropical Storm Isaias, as it moves up the East Coast. You can find the latest updates from the National Hurricane Center here: Tropical Storm Isaias.

As with all tropical systems, a high degree of variability exists. Southeastern Virginia is preparing for the possibility of tropical storm force winds and heavy rain beginning on Monday night, Aug. 3, through Tuesday, Aug. 4.

CURRENT STATUS AND EXPECTATIONS:

1. The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG), Captain of the Port, has declared port condition X-RAY for Hampton Roads, meaning sustained gale force winds are expected at the Virginia Capes within 48 hours
2. At 0800 hours tomorrow, Monday, Aug. 3, the USCG, Captain of the Port, will declare port condition YANKEE for Hampton Roads, meaning sustained gale force winds are expected at the Virginia Capes within 24 hours
o Inbound and outbound vessel traffic will continue, without interruption
3. All Port of Virginia terminals, facilities and offices will open and operate, per standard schedules, on Monday, Aug. 3
4. Our senior operating and safety teams will meet tomorrow morning, Aug. 3, to process the latest information from the National Weather Service and the USCG
5. We will deliver another public message to the trade by early afternoon on Monday, Aug. 3
o That message will include an outline of our operating plan for Tuesday, Aug. 4
The “Maritime Severe Weather Contingency Plan” will help you understand actions taken, and conditions declared, by the USCG: Hampton Roads Maritime Severe Weather Contingency Plan

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

You may contact our Customer Service Team here, and by phone at 757-440-7160.
Source: Greg Edwards, Virginia Port Authority, 8/2/20

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