The U.S. Coast Guard is warning ships of hazardous conditions off the North Carolina coast after a cargo ship lost 70 containers amid high winds and heavy seas over the weekend.
In a statement Sunday, authorities warned of “navigation hazards” about 17 miles off Oregon Inlet on North Carolina’s outer banks. A nor’easter hit the East Coast on Friday with strong winds and rain. Wind gusts close to hurricane-force levels hit some parts of the Atlantic over the weekend. The Maersk Shanghai radioed authorities in North Carolina on Saturday night to let them know that 70 to 73 shipping containers had been lost during the storm.
“The Coast Guard urges all mariners to transit this area with caution,” the Coast Guard said.