The Port of Corpus Christi has modified its Hurricane Readiness Status to Level 2 as Tropical Storm Nicholas makes landfall on 14 September morning.
In a 13 September update, the Port increased its Hurricane Readiness Status to Hurricane Readiness Level 2 (High Readiness), in accordance with its 2021 Hurricane Readiness Plan.
The Port Authority of Corpus Christi “continues to monitor possible impact scenarios” for the developing Tropical Storm Nicholas in and around the Texas Coastal Bend region, the authority wrote in a statement.
The authority wrote, “Tropical storm and flash flood warnings remain in effect; storm surge warning remains in effect from Port Aransas to Beaumont/Port Arthur; flash flood warnings also are in effect. Heavy rainfall and storm surge flooding remain the primary concerns as the system is expected to move slowly toward the Gulf Coast this weekend.”
The US Coast Guard (USCG) Captain of Sector Port Corpus Christi (CoTP) set Port Condition X-Ray from Rockport to the U.S. Mexico border, including the Port of Corpus Christi, effective 10:00 p.m. on 12 September 2021.
Under this condition, owners, operators or agents of all self-propelled oceangoing vessels over 500 gross tons, all barges and their support tugs should review USCG plans to depart or remain in port.
Sean Strawbridge, CEO for the Port of Corpus Christi, commented, “The Port of Corpus Christi continues to monitor the developing Tropical Storm Nicholas and remains at Port Condition Level X-Ray. We are preparing for continuing declining weather conditions and working to ensure that all Port users abide by recommended protocols.
“As always, the safety of our employees, stakeholders and surrounding communities remains our top priority.