North East US winter storm causes shipping disruption
Winter Storm Juno, which has brought snow and gale force winds to the North East Coast of the United States, is causing severe disruption to shipping across the entire coastline. Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) advises that with snow accumulation likely to exceed two feet, closures are now in place at the Port of New York and New Jersey and Long Island Sound Point Judith Pilot Station.
The severity of the storm has prompted the National Weather Service to issue a Winter Storm Warning and Coastal Flood Warning for South eastern New England. Current predictions estimate sustained north-northeast winds as high as 40 knots, with gusts up to 65 knots along the coast. In Northern New England, the US Coast Guard has set port conditions to X-Ray for coastal Maine and New Hampshire.
With all vessels having been instructed to moor or remain at anchor, ISS has closed its Secaucus office today. However, staff remain available 24 hours a day on 001 732 636 7778, on mobiles and via email.
The weather is expected to improve later today and ISS is keeping its clients updated using the following link: Winter Storm Juno Advisory, where further information is available. Decisions about reopening ports for Wednesday will be made by the relevant authorities later today.
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