Coast Guard Reminds the Public to Prepare for Tropical Storm Hanna

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Coast Guard wants to remind the public to stay safe by heading all warnings and advisories as Tropical Storm Hanna approaches.

The Coast Guard is warning the public of these important safety messages with Tropical Storm Hanna approaching our coast.

Stay off the water. The Coast Guard’s search and rescue capabilities degrade as storm conditions strengthen. This means help could be delayed. That is why boaters should heed to weather watches, warnings and small craft advisories.

The threat of severe rip currents is high along the Florida coast at this time. Beachgoers are urged to use caution and head all local flags and warnings.

Boaters should be making preparations to move their vessels to a safe refuge or higher ground. Small boats that are anchored in the waterways are susceptible to storm surge and strong winds.

Stay clear of beaches. Wave heights and currents typically increase before a storm makes landfall. Even the best swimmers can fall victim to the strong waves and rip currents caused by Tropical Storm Hanna. Swimmers should stay clear of beaches until local lifeguards and law enforcement officials say the water is safe.

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