Transcript: Opening remarks by Vice Admiral Robert Parker, U.S. Coast Guards, at a Hurricane Sandy press briefing

Transcript of opening remarks by Vice Admiral Robert Parker, U.S. Coast Guards, at a Hurricane Sandy press briefing on Oct. 30, 2012:

Good afternoon. Vice Admiral Rob Parker.

We’ve been dealing mostly up to this point with coastal and offshore effects.

The offshore piece is – fortunately the storm has moved far enough inland that it’s no longer affecting us in storm conditions.

We’re still searching for the master of the [HMS] Bounty about 100 miles off of Cape Hatteras. We have 2 ships out there and aircrafts that are still dealing with about 35 knots of wind and 18-foot seas.

And then reach all the way inland to our Great Lakes. We’re on Lake Michigan. We’re seeing seas in excess of 20 feet. And we are seeing some of the effects Dr. Knabb mentioned about flooding along the shores.

Interestingly, we normally don’t have these intense storms this early in the year when the traffic is still on the lake. So it impacts the depth of the channels in places like the Welland Canal where it’s still open but they’re having a hard time moving some of the bigger deep-craft ships through there because the water’s drained down the other end of the lakes.

And we’re continuing to survey along the coast line. Our forces are equally as impacted as we go back out and try to open up the ports to get commerce flowing again.

We just re-opened Norfolk this afternoon and the approach to Hampton Roads. But everything from there north up to and including Narragansett Bay still remains closed or opened with restrictions. So we’ll get those opened just as soon as we can. But a lot of challenges, especially in the New York/New Jersey area where it’s hard to get to the infrastructure.

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