Coast Guard warns mariners from VA to N.Y. of upcoming heavy weather

PORTSMOUTH, Va. – A Coast Guard HC-130J Hercules aircraft crew from Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., will fly along the coast from Virginia to New York Thursday, warning mariners of the incoming heavy weather as a gale-force wind warning is in effect Saturday and Sunday.

Wind speeds of 35-65 knots and 14-27 foot seas are expected as the weather system passes through the area.

Coast Guard sectors are monitoring the weather conditions in their areas and units will remain operational and response-ready.

The Coast Guard urges mariners to always:

  • Stay Informed – The public should be aware of weather conditions and monitor the progress and strength of the storm through local television, radio and internet. Boaters can monitor its progress on VHF channel 16.
  • Check the current and expected weather and water conditions before heading out, and be aware that weather conditions can quickly change.
  • Wear their life jackets while on the water.
  • File a float plan with friends, family members and their local marina before heading out. The list should include the number of passengers aboard the vessel, their destination and expected time of return.
  • Always have a working radio onboard their as cell phone coverage varies from region to region.
  • Carry marine flares aboard their vessel to signal rescuers while in distress and emergency situations.
  • Keep a Global Positioning System or Electronic Position Indicating Radio Beacon so that they may be easier to locate in the event of distress.
  • Secure your belongings – Owners of recreational boats are urged to take appropriate precautions to prevent damage to their boats and others.

Updated weather forecasts for your area can be found at www.noaa.gov

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