Accession Number : ADA183126

Title :   Hurricane Havens Handbook for the North Atlantic Ocean. Change 3.

Corporate Author : NAVAL ENVIRONMENTAL PREDICTION RESEARCH FACILITY MONTEREY CA

PDF Url : ADA183126

Report Date : 10 Jun 1987

Pagination or Media Count : 28

Abstract : Tropical cyclones capable of maintaining sustained winds of hurricane force ( 63 kt) are possible, although rare, at the Norfolk harbors. This stems from the particular combination of Norfolks latitude and the orientation of the coastline which provides protection from the more vigorous tropical cyclones. Nevertheless, none of the harbors in the Norfolk area are safe havens during hurricane force winds. Although the harbors will provide protection and have provided safe anchorage for some smaller ships during such conditions, ships with large sail areas (generally larger than frigate size) will drag anchor, and therefore should evade at sea. Smaller vessels, other than fishing boats and sailing crafts, and those disabled by mechanical problems may seek shelter in the Norfolk Shipyard or other locations along the southern branch of the Elizabeth River. Smaller ships unable to tie up at piers may use designated hurricane anchorages in Chesapeake Bay. They should be aware, however, that land in the region is very flat and there are fewer radar targets to use to establish accurate ship position. In winds of hurricane force visibility is near zero so visual determination of position is impossible.

Descriptors :   *HARBORS, *NORTH ATLANTIC OCEAN, CHESAPEAKE BAY, ANCHORS, DRAG, FRIGATES, SIZES(DIMENSIONS), HURRICANES, WIND, INCAPACITATION, MECHANICS, PROBLEM SOLVING, BOATS, FISHES, HANDBOOKS, LATITUDE, VISIBILITY, SAFETY, VIRGINIA, COASTAL REGIONS, ORIENTATION(DIRECTION), POSITION(LOCATION), TROPICAL CYCLONES, PIERS, DETERMINATION, VISION

Subject Categories : Geography
      Meteorology
      Marine Engineering

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE