Coast Guard urges SoCal to prepare for heavy weather from Tropical Storm Rosa

national weather service logoSAN PERDO, Calif. — The Coast Guard strongly encourages mariners and boaters in the Southern California region to heed the warnings of Tropical Storm Rosa.

Tropical Storm Rosa is expected to cause dangerous surf and rip current conditions through Tuesday.

“As we begin fleet week in San Francisco to better prepare for emergencies and natural disasters, Coast Guard crews and other first responders in Southern California are working together to minimize the impacts of Tropical Storm Rosa,” said Rear Adm. Peter W. Gautier, the 11th Coast Guard District commander. “This storm is forecasted to bring heavy rains and surf to California this week, so it’s important that we all take appropriate actions to prepare and stay safe.”

Surf conditions from 6-to-10 feet are possible on Los Angeles and Ventura County beaches  Monday.

Orange County may experience seas up to 8 feet, while surf could reach 6-to-8 feet near San Diego causing the Oceanside Harbor entrance to be especially dangerous.

Mariners and beachgoers are encouraged to take the following precautions to protect their vessels and themselves:

  • Monitor the weather and heed all marine warnings
  • Double-check mooring lines when securing boats and take precautions for items stored loosely aboard
  • Secure all paddle craft so they do not end up in the water and cause a false distress
  • Recreational boaters, personal watercraft and paddle craft users are advised to stay off the water due to extremely hazardous sea conditions
  • Swimmers, surfers and wind surfers are strongly urged to stay out of the water during this period of heavy weather due to increased rip currents and sneaker waves
  • If mariners must get underway, they should create a float plan and send it to friends and families before getting underway, which consists of a description of the vessel, the number of people aboard, the destination and the expected return time
  • Always wear a proper life jacket when on the water and use VHF-FM channel 16 to notify rescuers in the event of an emergency

    For additional information on the storm, visit the National Weather Service or National Hurricane Center

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