U.S. Coast Guard warns Southeastern ports Hurricane Michael may come up their backside

( Photo: NOAA )

Ports remain open, but plans to ride out storm must be made.

The Ports of Savannah, Charleston and Wilmington may see the tailend of Hurricane Michael, which prompted the Coast Guard to raise threat levels for the largest U.S. Southeastern ports.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says the eye of “dangerous” Hurricane Michael continues to move northward over the eastern portion of the Gulf of Mexico. Michael, which has 110-mile-per-hour winds currently, is expected to make landfall along the Florida Panhandle or Big Bend area by Wednesday.

No major commercial shipping areas are in the immediate path of Michael as it comes onshore. But the storm’s outbound path is expected to go through Georgia and South Carolina, putting those coastal areas at risk.

 (Source: NOAA)
(Source: NOAA)

As a result, the U.S. Coast Guard says the Port of Savannah, the Port of Charleston and the Port of Wilmington are now under condition X-Ray, which requires ships and and terminals to issue plans for riding out the storm.

Both ports remain open to commercial shipping. But ships must make plans to depart before the U.S. Coast Guard issues more serious warnings.


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Michael Angell, Bulk and Intermodal Editor

Michael Angell covers maritime, intermodal and related topics for FreightWaves. His interest in transportation stretches back several generations. One great-grandfather was a dray horseman along the New York waterfront and another was a railway engineer in Texas. More recently, Michael has written about the shipping industry for TradeWinds, energy markets for Oil Price Information Service, and general business topics for FactSet Mergerstat and Investor's Business Daily. When he is not stuck in the office, he enjoys tours of ports, terminals, and railyards.

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