Coast Guard sets port condition Zulu for South Florida ports

MIAMI – nw_12_ave_miami_river_view the-feds-say-the-miami-haiti-coke-connection-is-back-body-image-1450798534r, Port Everglades, Port of Palm Beach, Port of Fort Pierce and all other South Florida terminals and facilities Wednesday due to the expectation of sustained gale force winds generated by Hurricane Matthew that may arrive within 12 hours.

Capt. Megan Dean, the Captain of the Port of Miami has set Hurricane Port Condition Zulu which sets a safety zone for the port. No vessels may enter or transit within this safety zone without the permission of the COTP. All vessel movements are prohibited and all ship-to-shore operations must cease.

Pleasure craft are advised to seek safe harbor. All bridges in the area were closed at 8 p.m. Wednesday; drawbridges are scheduled to be locked in the down position by 1 a.m. Thursday.

Port facilities are advised to review their heavy weather plans and take all necessary precautions to adequately prepare for the expected conditions. Mariners can view the latest port updates on the Coast Guard’s Homeport site.