Port of Valdez Reopens as Weather Calms

Associated Press

High winds at Valdez calmed enough late Monday afternoon to allow the reopening of the port, where Alaska oil is loaded on to tankers.

Winds peaked at 95 mph Saturday, forcing the closure. Dave Noble with the National Weather Service says the harbor winds were 22 mph Monday afternoon, with occasional gusts to 54 mph.

During the closure, the Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. continued to receive oil from the 800-mile trans-Alaska oil pipeline into storage tanks.