U.S. Coast Guard 1st District PA Detachment New York
Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound sets Port Condition YANKEE for Tropical Storm Henri
NEW HAVEN, Conn. — The Coast Guard set Port Condition YANKEE for all commercial waterways in Long Island Sound ahead of Tropical Storm Henri, Saturday.
The order, set by the Coast Guard Captain of the Port (COTP) for Long Island Sound, went into effect at 8 a.m., due to the expectation of gale force winds expected to arrive within 24 hours.
Effects of Tropical Storm Henri are expected to be felt in the Sector Long Island Sound Zone beginning Saturday evening. Dangerous storm surge inundation is expected to begin Sunday in portions of Long Island, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and southern Massachusetts, where a Storm Surge Warning has been issued. Hurricane conditions are expected to begin Sunday in portions of Long Island and Connecticut, where a Hurricane Warning has been issued.
All vessels over 300 gross tons and all tank barges and their supporting tugs must submit a transit plan and receive approval from the COTP prior to movement. Oceangoing vessels over 300 gross tons and all oceangoing barges and their supporting tugs opting to remain in port during the storm, must complete a REMAINING IN PORT CHECKLIST, and submit it to the COTP immediately for approval. All self-propelled oceangoing vessels over 300 gross tons and all oceangoing barges and their supporting tugs, if opting to remain in port during the storm, must comply with COTP Long Island Sound mooring requirements.
Please refer to Marine Safety Information Bulletin (MSIB) 06-21 for details.
Tropical Storm Henri is a dangerous storm. Pleasure craft are advised to seek a safe haven. Draw bridges may not operate upon onset of high winds or when an evacuation is in progress. Closely monitor NOAA weather forecasts for storm-related information.
All mariners are encouraged to use all means available to monitor the path of Tropical Storm Henri and remain prepared to take action as the system progresses. In addition, the Coast Guard is advising the public of these important safety messages:
Stay off the water. The Coast Guard’s search and rescue capabilities degrade as storm conditions strengthen. This means help could be delayed. Boaters should heed weather watches, warnings, and small craft advisories.
Secure belongings. Owners of large boats are urged to move their vessels to inland marinas where they will be less vulnerable to breaking free of their moorings or to sustaining damage. Trailer-able boats should be pulled from the water and stored in a place that is not prone to flooding. Those who are leaving their boats in the water are reminded to remove EPIRBs and to secure life rings, lifejackets, and small boats. These items, if not properly secured, can break free and require valuable search and rescue resources be diverted to ensure people are not in distress.
Stay clear of beaches. Wave heights and currents typically increase before a storm makes landfall. Even the best swimmers can fall victim to the strong waves and rip currents caused by tropical storms or hurricanes. Swimmers should stay clear of beaches until local lifeguards and law enforcement officials say the water is safe.
Be prepared. Area residents should be prepared by developing a family plan, creating a disaster supply kit, having a place to go, securing their home and having a plan for pets. Information can be found at the National Hurricane Center’s webpage.
Stay informed. The public should monitor the progress and strength of the storm through local television, radio, and the Internet. Boaters can monitor its progress on VHF radio channel 16. Information can also be obtained on small craft advisories and warnings on VHF radio channel 16. Monitor NOAA weather forecasts for current storm information.
Don’t rely on social media. People in distress should use 911 to request assistance whenever possible. Social media should not be used to report life-threatening distress due to limited resources to monitor the dozens of social media platforms during a hurricane or large-scale rescue event.
Be advised. Pleasure craft may need to seek safe haven. Also, drawbridges may not be operating if sustained gale force winds are attained or if evacuation is in progress.
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