Coast Guard Warns Public of Upcoming Heavy Weather in Southern California

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LOS ANGELES — The Coast Guard advises the public to begin making preparations and exercise caution when on and around the water, as high seas and strong winds are predicted to impact southern California starting early Wednesday.

The National Weather Service is forecasting a significant rain that is expected to bring heavy flooding, thunderstorms, high surf, and wind associated hazards to the area beginning Wednesday night and lasting into Friday morning. The storm is expected to produce strong southerly winds as high as 70 mph along the coast through Friday morning.

The Coast Guard encourages all marinas, vessel owners and operators and the public who live along the water to prepare for the storm. Boat owners are advised to check the status of mooring and anchoring arrangements. Vessels not properly secured during a storm can break free from their moorings, become possible safety hazards to other mariners and can also pose environmental risks as any fluids or chemicals aboard spill or leak into the water.

The National Weather Service has issued a Hazard Weather Outlook for the Los Angeles and Oxnard area regarding beaches and heavy coastal weather: http://ift.tt/1B9T3O4

The Coast Guard recommends the public keep advised of the storm system through the National Weather Service and monitor channel 16 VHF-FM for the most current safety advisories at http://ift.tt/1wyvGzz

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