PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WVEC) -- The Captain of the Port of Hampton Roads imposed restrictions due to high winds and heavy seas, the Coast Guard said Friday.

Currently, no vessels may enter or depart the Chesapeake Bay, and no vessels over 2,000 gross tons may move within the port without obtaining permission from the Captain.

Vessels under 2,000 gross tons are allowed to move within the port, but are asked to do so with extreme caution.

“Storm force winds, heavy seas, and existing cold water temperatures make this a very serious storm,” said Capt. Rick Wester, Captain of the Port Hampton Roads. “In addition, our boats, cutters and helicopters most likely will be unable to launch and assist until conditions subside."

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