Coast Guard urges caution for hazardous weather forecasts San Francisco Bay area

national weather serviceSAN FRANCISCO — The Coast Guard is urging boaters, beachgoers and those who operate on and near the water to exercise caution in and around the waters of San Francisco Bay and Monterey Bay due to strong winds and heavy rains.

The hazardous weather advisory of strong southerly winds up to 30 mph, with gusts up to 40 mph, and heavy rain is forecasted to impact the bay area from Tuesday evening through Wednesday and may have specific impacts to the maritime community. As a result of the impending weather, a small craft advisory is in effect.

Mariners, beachgoers and others who plan on being on or around the water are cautioned to be aware of the advisories and exercise the safety tips provided by the Coast Guard below:

* Be aware of weather conditions and monitor the progress and strength of storms through local television, radio and internet. Check the current and expected weather and water conditions before heading out. Be aware that weather conditions can change quickly.

* Wear life jackets while on the water. In 2013, 84 percent of boating-related drowning victims were not wearing life jackets.

* File a float plan with friends, family members or local marinas before heading out. The list should include the number of passengers aboard the vessel’s destination and expected time of return.

* Always have a working VHF-FM radio onboard; cell phones may not be reliable once underway.

* Do not boat under the influence of alcohol or controlled substances because it can impair your judgment, vision, balance and coordination. Boat motion, vibration, engine noise, sun, wind and spray can accelerate impairment.

* Keep children informed of water safety. The Coast Guard encourages the boating public to educate children on water safety. For more information on boating safety for kids, visit

* Dog owners are also reminded to protect their pets from rough waves and not to attempt to rescue their dog from a surf zone. It is important to remember to keep calm and allow the dogs to swim out on their own. For more information on how to protect your pets, please visit

* For more information on all watches, warnings and advisories currently in effect, follow this link:

* For information on rip current safety, follow this link:

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