The U.S. Coast Guard said the Port of Virginia will
close Friday at midnight in anticipation of Winter Storm Helena, which is expected to bring snow and wind which will likely create particularly hazardous conditions, including zero visibility onshore and on the water.
Commercial vessels will be prohibited from entering and departing the Chesapeake Bay
. Additionally, movement within the Port of Virginia will be closed to vessel traffic 5,000 gross tons or greater unless permission is granted by the Captain of the Port.
“There is a real danger to all vessels on the water,” said Capt. Kevin M. Carroll, Deputy Sector Commander of U.S. Coast Guard Sector
Hampton Roads. “Recreational vessels and casual boaters are at a greater risk during winter storm conditions. Do not make plans to get underway, wait for the hazardous conditions to pass.”