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Press Release | Sept. 22, 2023

Coast Guard actively monitors tropical storm Ophelia

NEW YORK — U.S. Coast Guard Sector New York is actively monitoring the forecasted arrival of inclement weather beginning later today, Friday, through the weekend. Current forecasts predict a potential for high winds with gusts up to 40 kts, 2-3 inches of total rainfall, coastal flooding of 1 to 1 ½ ft, dangerous rip currents and breaking surf, and seas building to 9 – 13 ft offshore.  

The Port of New York and New Jersey remains open without restrictions at this time. The Coast Guard will continue to monitor the weather and, if necessary, may implement preventative Vessel Traffic Service (VTS) measures to ensure the safety of mariners, vessels, and waterfront facilities. Possible preventative measures include, but are not limited to, terminating lightering or transfer operations, rescinding permits for marine events, and/or directing vessel arrivals/departures to/from port.   


Commercial and recreational boaters are advised to keep a cautious eye on the weather forecast for their local area and make all necessary preparations for possible heavy weather. Ensure adequate mooring arrangements have been made, especially in regards to the quantity and quality of mooring lines and bollards. Clear decks of any missile hazards, potential pollution hazards, and flammable materials. Mariners are reminded that movable bridges may not be operating with high-sustained winds.  


Any and all vessels and small craft owners and operators, including paddle craft users, are strongly advised against operating in adverse weather conditions. Monitor the weather closely and anticipate rip currents and swells. Owners, operators, and paddle craft users should also take appropriate measures and precautions to secure their vessels and small craft ashore well away from waterways to avoid losses during the expected strong winds and flooding.  


As always, any vessel casualty, pollution, or incident that may affect the navigable waterways of the Port of New York and New Jersey, should be reported to the Coast Guard Sector New York Command Center via VHF channels 16 or 22A, or via phone at (718) 354-4353. 


"The safety of both mariners and the recreational boating public is paramount at all times, and even more so with the onset of severe weather conditions we are expecting to experience over the next 24 to 48 hours. We urge everyone to heed these advance warnings and ensure they are properly prepared," said Captain Zeita Merchant, Commander United States Coast Guard Sector New York and Captain of the Port of New York and New Jersey. 


For the most up to date information regarding weather advisories, mariners can tune into VHF  channel 22A or visit the National Weather Service ( and National Hurricane Center ( 

Additionally updates will be posted to our Social Media channels on Facebook and Instagram both @USCGNewYork.