The North Carolina Ports of Morehead City and Wilmington will be closing their gates to commercial traffic at noon on Friday, August 26 in preparation for the threat of Hurricane Irene.
The port authority expects the Cape Fear River will be closed by the U.S. Coast Guard to inbound traffic late Thursday evening.
The authority will continue to monitor conditions.
The U.S. Coast Guard Captain of the Port for Sector North Carolina set Port Condition Whiskey for the Ports of Wilmington and Morehead City in preparation for the anticipated weather impact of Hurricane Irene. This is a heightened condition of readiness to indicate 72 hours prior to arrival of gale force winds.
All equipment including container cranes, generators, vehicles, and communications equipment is monitored for fuel, inventory and operability; and emergency supplies are inventoried and stocked.
Schedules and preparedness activities will be altered as conditions change. Any further updates will be posted at www.ncports.com. In addition, Port of Wilmington customers may call the Customer Information Hotline at 910-343-6415. Port of Morehead City customers may call 252-808-4219 for similar updates.