The National Hurricane Center (NHC) announced an expected storm surge along the coastlines of South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia, with potential water swells as far north as Maryland. Freshwater flooding is expected due to anticipated heavy rainfall. Heavy winds due to Hurricane Florence are expected to cause damage along coastal areas; spreading inland into North and South Carolina, Virginia, and potentially Northern Georgia. The latest details regarding Hurricane Florence are available on the National Hurricane Center website: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/#Florence.
- Norfolk, VA Port: In the last 24 hours, the forecast for Southeastern Virginia has improved significantly. Heavy rain and tropical storm force winds are possible, focused on Friday, September 14 – Saturday, September 15. Per the U.S. Coast Guard, the main shipping channel remains closed at the Virginia Capes. No vessels are currently entering/exiting the port.
- North Carolina Ports: The Port of Wilmington and the Port of Morehead City are currently closed to all vessel traffic. NC State Ports Authority continues its Hurricane Preparation Plan and is taking all necessary steps to protect cargo, facilities and equipment.
- Charleston, SC Port: South Carolina Ports Authority continues to closely monitor Hurricane Florence. Updates are provided at www.scspa.com, sign up for advisories at www.scspa.com/advisories/ or social media @scports.
- Savannah, GA Port: Port is open but will continue to track storm
- Baltimore, MD Port: Gates are OPEN today Sept 12, and potentially open Thurs Sept 13. The vessel channel will remain closed due to channel swells, but the gates still remain open.