Coast Guard warns offshore mariners of severe weather

BOSTON – The Coast Guard is warning offshore mariners today of severe weather conditions about 60 miles southeast of Cape Cod, Mass.

The National Weather Service is predicting 50-knot winds and seas of 22-foot 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., broadcasted the information to mariners out of range of the land-based broadcasts this morning.

The Coast Guard recommends that mariners take necessary preparations to stay safe during the storm.

Currently there are 40-knot winds and 11-16 foot seas.

“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 strongly encourage mariners to closely moniter NOAA’s weather broadcasts.”

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