CAIRO: The Alexandria Port Authority (APA) on Sunday ordered Alexandria and Dekhila straits closed to navigation for the second consecutive day due to weather conditions, Youm7 reported.
“The authority decided to close the port due to increased wind speed, which reached 30 knots and increased wave heights that reached four meters. The precautionary measure comes to prevent ships from colliding with each other,” Chairman of APA Major General Medhat Attia was quoted by Youm7.
The APA is following up weather conditions with the Egyptian Meteorological Authority and the ports will be re-opened once weather improves, said Attia.
Spokesperson for the Transportation Ministry Ahmed Ibrahim announced Sunday the closure of Damietta strait for the same reason.
A wave of unstable weather accompanied by low temperatures, active winds and heavy rains has hit several parts of Egypt, particularly the Mediterranean city of Alexandria Saturday.
Meteorologists expect the unstable weather to last until Monday.