The Category 5 Hurricane Irma has triggered a series of storm warnings as it tracks northwestward towards South Florida and the Florida Keys, causing severe damage throughout the Caribbean.
The Port of Jacksonville Access Control Center will be closed Friday and Monday and the U.S. Coast Guard Captain of the Port has established Port Hurricane condition X-RAY for the port.
The Georgia Ports Authority reports that operations at the Gate, Brunswick and Ocean terminals will continue until close of normal business Friday, ceasing at 2400hr until further notice “dependent on Hurricane path and post facilities assessment”.
The National Weather Service forecasts that “destructive winds, storm surge, dangerous surf, heavy rainfall and flash flooding” are possible in the path of Irma, with South Florida and the Florida Keys under Hurricane and Storm Surge Warnings.
Photo: Devestation in Puerto Rico. Credit: Wikimeda