Coast Guard cautions boaters for upcoming heavy weather

SEATTLE – The Coast Guard warns boaters to exercise caution on coastal waters of the Pacific Northwest today due to strong winds and heavy weather.

A high surf advisory has been issued for the Pacific Northwest, which strongly encourages the boating public to pay close attention to local weather forecasts.

The heavy swells generated by this storm are expected to reach the Washington interior coastline beginning tomorrow morning. Winds are expected to reach 30 to 40 mph, 60 mph gusts may occur.

The Coast Guard reminds boaters it is dangerous to fish during these high surf conditions. In addition, marinas and boaters are reminded to check that boats in port are properly secured, bilge pumps are functional, and all loose items are removed from decks.

Report any boats adrift, pollution or other maritime emergencies to the National Response Center at 800-424-8802 or Coast Guard Sector Seattle Command Center at 206-217-6002.

The National Weather Service has posted hazardous weather outlooks throughout the Northwest and boaters are advised to know local weather forecast.

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