|PORT READINESS CONDITION YANKEE SET AS PORTS BRACE FOR HURRICANE MATTHEW
Savannah & Brunswick, Georgia, USA
|OIL & GAS WORKERS’ STRIKE AVOIDED
|EXTREMELY DANGEROUS HURRICANE MATTHEW MOVING CLOSER TO FLORIDA EAST COAST
|Port Readiness Condition YANKEE set as ports brace for Hurricane Matthew|
|Friday, October 7, 2016, Savannah & Brunswick, Georgia, USA|
|Port Readiness Condition YANKEE was set at 2000 hours EST last night (6 October) at the ports of Savannah and Brunswick due to the potential impact of HURRICANE MATTHEWS.As conditions may change rapidly, port users are encouraged to frequently check MSU Savannah’s Homeport website for the most up-to-date information. The website can be found at www.homeport.uscg.mil (under the “Port Directory” section, select “Savannah”).For information about operations in the USA contact GAC USA at firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Oil & gas workers’ strike avoided|
|Friday, October 7, 2016, Norway|
|At 0300 hours this morning (7 October) an agreement was reached between all parties to avoid the threatened strike by workers at three onshore oil & gas plants.Earlier this week, the SAFE union had said that unless a new wage deal could be agree, some 338 workers at Statoil’s Melkoeya LNG plant, Shell’s Nyhamna natural gas processing plant and ExxonMobil’s Slagen refinery terminal would go on strike. Terms were agreed overnight.For information about operations in Norway contact GAC Norway at email@example.com|
|Extremely dangerous Hurricane Matthew moving closer to Florida east coast|
|Friday, October 7, 2016, Florida, USA|
|At 200am EDT (0600 UTC), the eye of Hurricane Matthew was located by NOAA Doppler weather radars and an Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft near latitude 27.6 North, longitude 79.7 West.Matthew is moving toward the northwest near 14 mph (22 km/h). A turn toward the north-northwest is expected later today, and a turn toward the north is expected tonight or Saturday. On the forecast track, the center of Matthew will be moving near or over the east coast of the Florida peninsula through tonight, and near or over the coasts of Georgia and South Carolina on Saturday.Maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 120 mph (195 km/h) with higher gusts. Matthew is a category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Although some additional weakening is forecast during the next 48 hours, Matthew is expected to be a powerful category 3 hurricane as it moves near the coast of Florida.
Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 60 miles (95 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 185 miles (295 km). During the past hour, a wind gust to 70 mph (113 km/h) was reported at Vero Beach, Florida, and a gust to 60 mph occurred at Melbourne, Florida.
WIND: Hurricane conditions should diminish over portions of the northwestern Bahamas this morning. Hurricane conditions are expected to first reach the hurricane warning area in Florida during the next several hours and will spread northward within the warning area through today. Tropical storm conditions will continue to spread northward in the warning area along the Florida east coast today. Hurricane conditions are expected to spread northward in the warning area in Georgia and South Carolina tonight and Saturday with tropical storm conditions expected later today. Winds increase rapidly in elevation in a tropical cyclone. Tropical storm conditions are expected in the tropical storm warning area in the Carolinas on tonight and Saturday.
STORM SURGE: The combination of a dangerous storm surge and large and destructive waves could raise water levels by as much as the following amounts above normal tide levels:
The water could reach the following heights above ground if the peak surge occurs at the time of high tide:
RAINFALL: Matthew is expected to produce total rainfall amounts in the following areas:
TORNADOES: An isolated tornado or two is possible along the east-central Florida coast tonight.
SURF: Swells generated by Matthew will continue to affect portions of the north coast of Cuba and the Bahamas during the next few days, and will spread northward along the east coast of Florida and the southeast U.S. coast through the weekend. These swells will likely cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.
(For information about operations in the USA contact GAC USA at firstname.lastname@example.org)
Source: National Hurricane Center, Florida (www.nhc.noaa.gov), Hurricane Matthew Intermediate Advisory No.36a issued at 200am EDT, Friday 7 October 2016