Coast Guard warns mariners of hazardous weather near Tampa, Fla.

Southeastern Coast Guard News
TAMPA, Fla. — Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg are notifying mariners Wednesday of hazardous weather and boating conditions through Friday.

The National Weather Service issued an alert reporting a cold front will be coming through the Tampa area producing areas of dense fog and isolated thunderstorms Thursday and hazardous boating conditions over the coastal waters of the eastern Gulf of Mexico Friday.

“All mariners are reminded to check the weather before going out on the water,” said Lt. Kathleen Sullivan, a command duty officer at the Sector. “If you do go out on the water, be sure to have appropriate means of communication, such as a VHF-FM radio, flares, emergency position indicating radio beacons and file a float plan with a reliable source.”

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 progress on marine-band radio VHF-FM channel 16.
  • Check the current and expected conditions before heading out and be aware that weather 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.
  • Have a working radio on board the vessel as cell phone coverage varies from region to region.
  • Carry marine flares aboard their vessel to signal rescuers in distress and emergency situations.
  • Keep a GPS or electronic position indicating radio beacon so that they may be easier to locate in the event of distress.
  • Secure belongings – Owners of recreational boats are urged to take appropriate precautions to prevent damage to their and others’ vessels.

For information on recreational boating safety information, click here.

A graph from the National Weather Service shows areas of dense fog, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012 and Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012. The Coast Guard reminds boaters to exercise caution as the fog may produce potential limited visibility during transit.

A graph from the National Weather Service shows areas of dense fog, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012 and Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012. The Coast Guard reminds boaters to exercise caution as the fog may produce potential limited visibility during transit.

A graph from the National Weather Service shows areas potentially affected by an oncoming thunderstorm, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012 and Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012. The Coast Guard reminds boaters to exercise caution as the thunderstorm may produce potential rough seas and hazards during transit.

A graph from the National Weather Service shows areas potentially affected by an oncoming thunderstorm, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012 and Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012. The Coast Guard reminds boaters to exercise caution as the thunderstorm may produce potential rough seas and hazards during transit.

 

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