USCG reopens Port of Virginia after storm closure

USCG reopens Port of Virginia after storm closure

The US Coast Guard (USCG) on Tuesday reopened the Port of Virginia with no restrictions after it was closed on Monday over fears about the huge blizzard that hit the northeast of the US.

The storm brought winds of 50 knots leading USCG to close Chesapeake Bay to vessels.

Ships with gross tonnage of 5,000 tons or greater were barred from moving inside the bay without permission from the captain of the port.

In evaluating the decision to close the port USCG said it anticipated hazardous conditions on the shore and on the water, which would have rendered rescue operations more difficult.

Donal Scully

With 28 years experience writing and editing for newspapers in the UK and Hong Kong, Donal is now based in California from where he covers the Americas for Splash as well as ensuring the site is loaded through the Western Hemisphere timezone.

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