Coast Guard urges mariners to monitor weather conditions, stay in port in New Jersey & Delaware

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – The Coast Guard is urging mariners to stay in port along the New Jersey and Delaware coast due to the weekend winter storm warning.

The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration has issued a winter storm warning in effect from from 1 a.m. Saturday to 6 a.m Sunday. Snow is expected to fall heavy as the storm makes a closer approach to the New Jersey and Delaware coast. Winds are expected to reach up tp 30 knots and gusts to 44 on Saturday. Accumulation of six to eight inches of snow is expected throughout the weekend.

The Coast Guard has set the following port condition:

Port of Philadelphia- Normal- port status is not restricted.

The Coast Guard urges people to be mindful of the following safety tips:

  • Stay informed: The public should monitor the weather conditions through local television, radio and Internet. Information on small craft advisories and warnings can also be obtained via VHF channel 16.
  • During period of high wind secure your belongings: Owners of larger boats are urged to move their boats to inland marinas where they will be less vulnerable to breaking free of their moorings or damage. Trailerable boats should be pulled from the water and stored in a place that is not prone to flooding. Those who are leaving their boats in the water are reminded to secure life rings and life jackets.
  • Be cautious of hazardous materials: If you have hazardous materials on or near the water, you are responsible for any spills that may occur. Take the necessary precautions to secure them prior to any foul weather.

For port information please use the following contact number:

Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay in Philadelphia: 215-271-4960.

To view weather from the NOAA website here.

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