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Press Release | Sept. 23, 2023

Coast Guard plans to reopen the Port of Virginia following Tropical Storm Ophelia

PORTSMOUTH, Va. – The Captain of the Port for Coast Guard Sector Virginia plans to reopen the Port of Virginia at 10 p.m. Saturday, September 23, 2023, allowing vessel movement to resume without restrictions.

Early preparation and communication between federal, state, local, and industry partners helped minimize the potential for damage caused by Tropical Storm Ophelia.

While vessel traffic will be permitted to resume on the waterways, mariners are advised to continue monitoring the latest forecasts from the National Weather Service.

Specific information about Port of Virginia can be viewed on the Coast Guard homeport webpage,

As a reminder, the Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30, with the peak occurring between mid-August and late October.

For more information about hurricane preparedness, visit NOAA’s and FEMA’s websites where you can find widgets that provide hurricane tracks and other updates. These can be found at Ready.Gov, NOAA NHC, and