Coast Guard urges Florida Keys mariners to exercise caution and to monitor Tropical Depression Ida

KEY WEST, Fla. — With the predicted heavy weather through the weekend into next week and the forecast track of Tropical Depression Ida, the maritime community and boating public are strongly urged to monitor coastal and offshore weather predictions before deciding to go out on the sea.

Due to high winds and rough seas predicted over the coming days, a small-craft advisory is in effect and is expected to remain in effect throughout the weekend. Mariners are urged to use caution and monitor forecasts closely.

Tropical Depression Ida, currently located near Honduras, has the potential for affecting maritime activities in the Florida Keys throughout the coming week. At this time the Port of Key West remains open with no restrictions. Mariners are urged to closely follow the progression of Tropical Depression Ida and take necessary precautions to prepare, important storm information can be viewed at http://www.nhc/

Adverse weather effects generated by a depression, storm, or hurricane can cover an area hundreds of miles wide. Even those recreational boaters and the maritime industry who fall outside the direct path of a storm are advised to be cognizant of dangerous weather conditions and take appropriate precautions to stay safe and minimize damage.

Tips to help mariners protect themselves, their families, and their vessels include:

  • Do not go out to sea in a recreational boat if you know a tropical storm is approaching.
  • Contact local marinas to ask for advice about securing your vessel. Marina operators are knowledgeable and can advise you on the best methods for securing your boat.
  • Take action early. The effects of a tropical storm event can be felt well in advance of the storm itself and can prevent the safe completion of preparations.
  • Storms move quickly and are unpredictable. You can always replace a boat; you cannot replace a life.

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