Coast Guard urges mariners to use caution due to adverse weather

MIAMI – With adverse weather predicted into the weekend, the Coast Guard is urging the maritime community and the boating public to monitor coastal and offshore weather conditions before deciding to go out to sea.

A tropical disturbance is currently located near the southern Bahamas. Due to high winds and rough seas predicted in the coming days, a small-craft advisory may be in effect for much of South Florida into the weekend. Mariners are urged to use caution and follow the progression and possible intensification of the storm closely.

Adverse weather effects generated by a depression, storm, or hurricane can cover an area hundreds of miles wide. Even those recreational boaters and the maritime industry who fall outside the direct path of a storm are advised to be cognizant of dangerous weather conditions and take appropriate precautions to stay safe and minimize damage.

Tips to help mariners protect themselves, their families, and their vessels include:

  • Do not go out to sea in a recreational boat if you know a tropical disturbance is approaching.
  • Contact local marinas to ask for advice about securing your vessel. Marina operators are knowledgeable and can advise you on the best methods for securing your boat.
  • Take action early. The effects of a tropical disturbance event can be felt well in advance of the storm itself and can prevent the safe completion of preparations.
  • Storms move quickly and are unpredictable. You can always replace a boat; you cannot replace a life.

Up-to-date storm information can be viewed at http://www.nhc/noaa.gov/.

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