(SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico.) JUST IN: USCG REPORT: Port Condition X-RAY at 2p.m. Tuesday for all maritime ports in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgins Islands following a tropical storm warning due to Potential Tropical Cyclone 9 in which the possibility of sustained gale force winds, greater than 39 mph, may arrive to the islands within 24 hours #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.28: The Coast Guard strongly cautions the maritime community to remain vigilant to weather forecasts for and to take the necessary precautions as this Potential Tropical Cyclone 9 has the possibility to strengthen and develop into a tropical storm as it approaches the area: During Port Condition X-RAY, port facilities are currently open to all commercial traffic and all transfer operations may continue while X-RAY remains in effect:

Coast Guard sets Port Condition X-RAY for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands due to Potential Tropical Cyclone 9

U.S. Coast Guard sent this bulletin at 07/28/2020 03:17 PM EDT

News Release U.S. Coast Guard 7th District Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands
Contact: Coast Guard Puerto Rico PA Office
Office: 787-729-2381
After Hours: 787-510-7923
7th District Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands online newsroom

Coast Guard sets Port Condition X-RAY for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands due to Potential Tropical Cyclone 9

Mariners are reminded there are no safe havens in these facilities, and ports are safest when the inventory of vessels is at a minimum: All ocean-going commercial vessels greater than 500 gross tons should make plans for departing the port, any vessels wishing to remain in port are required to submit an application to the Captain of the Port upon Port Condition YANKEE entering in effect: 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 U.S. Virgin Islands or Puerto Rico unable to depart 24 hours prior to threatening winds making landfall are advised to seek an alternate destination.

Pleasure craft owners are advised to seek safe harbour: Maritime and port facilities are reminded to review and update their heavy weather response plans and make any additional preparations needed to adequately prepare in case of a potential impact to the area.

At this time, Coast Guard Captain of the Port San Juan anticipates setting port condition YANKEE at 8 p.m. Tuesday for the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. These dates and times are subject to change based on future forecast.

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 movements must be approved by the captain of the port.

The Coast Guard advises the public of these important safety messages:

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 taken out of the water and stored in a place not prone to flooding. Those 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 storms: 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 with a family plan, a disaster supply kit, by 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.

#AceNewsDesk report ………….Published: July.28: 2020:

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