Coast Guard warns boaters that severe weather is expected

BOSTON – The Coast Guard is warning local mariners today of severe weather conditions expected to arrive offshore tonight and worsen into Thursday.

The National Weather Service is predicting 25-30 knot winds and seas of 10-15 feet tonight.

Coast Guard shore units are issuing safety broadcasts via VHF/FM radio. A Falcon jet crew from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod, Mass., is flying offshore to relay the information to mariners out of range of the land-based broadcasts.

The Coast Guard recommends that mariners take necessary preparations to stay safe during the storm, including seeking shelter as appropriate and closely monitor channel 16 VHF/FM for updated storm information.

“Our main concern is to ensure offshore mariners have current weather information,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Gerald Welton, a watchstander for First District Command Center in Boston. “We’re ready to respond if needed, and we count on mariners to heed the warnings and take necessary precautions to stay safe.”

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