Coast Guard prepares for heavy weather in Mid-Atlantic region

PORTSMOUTH, Va. – Coast Guard Fifth District personnel are preparing for gale and storm force winds that are expected to impact the Mid-Atlantic region between North Carolina and New Jersey through Thursday.

The weather system is expected to bring winds of 35 to 50 knots and 14- to 22-foot seas tonight, and comparable wind speeds with 10- to 18-foot seas Wednesday with showers and thunderstorms throughout.

Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., has conducted a search and rescue patrol along the coast from North Carolina to New York transmitting Safety Marine Information Broadcasts to notify mariners of the forecasted weather.

Coast Guard cutters and boat stations have been placed on stand-by and are ready to respond. Units remain operational and continue to monitor hailing and distress radio frequencies.

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 vessel 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.

For maritime emergencies in –

  • Virginia, contact Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads at (757) 638-6641.
  • North Carolina, contact Coast Guard Sector North Carolina at (252) 247-4570.
  • Delaware and New Jersey, contact Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay at (215) 271-4940

Marine Safety Information Broadcasts can be found at, click on Port Directory to view port conditions for different areas.

Weather information is available through the National Weather Service at

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