Tropical Storm Jerry Forms In Atlantic, Coast Guard Sets Port Condition X-Ray for U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico
By Space Coast Daily // September 18, 2019
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – National Hurricane Center is closely monitoring Tropical Storm Jerry in the Atlantic which is forecasted to become a hurricane by Thursday night.
The Coast Guard Captain of the Port San Juan anticipates setting Port Condition X-RAY at 8 p.m. Wednesday for the ports in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgins Islands due to the possibility of sustained gale force winds greater than 39 mph from Tropical Storm Jerry arriving to the area within 48 hours.
Tropical Storm Jerry currently has registered 50 mph max sustained winds and is moving to the west-northwest at 14 mph.
The system is forecasted to be near the northern Leeward Islands by Friday and pass north of Puerto Rico on Saturday.
There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect at this time.
The Coast Guard strongly cautions the maritime community to remain vigilant and take the necessary precautions as Tropical Storm Jerry approaches Eastern Caribbean waters.
During Port Condition X-RAY port facilities are currently open to all commercial traffic and all cargo transfer operations at Coast Guard regulated facilities may continue while X-RAY remains in effect.
All ocean-going commercial vessels greater than 500 gross tons should make plans for departing the port no later than the setting of Port Condition YANKEE. Mariners are reminded there are no safe havens in these facilities, and ports are safest when the inventory of vessels is at a minimum.
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.
Recreational boaters are advised to seek safe harbor. 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. Mariners can view the latest port updates on the Coast Guard’s Homeport site for Sector San Juan.
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