Coast Guard urging boaters in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands to exercise caution due to expected heavy weather

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – The Coast Guard is urging boaters to exercise caution from Wednesday through Sunday due to expected heavy weather, including a risk of thunderstorms, across Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Small craft are currently advised to exercise caution and a small craft advisory is in effect for rough and hazardous seas that are expected to continue at least through the end of the week across most waters surrounding Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands.

“We recommend all recreational boating traffic take extreme caution during the next several days due to the hazardous marine conditions developing around Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands,” said LT Gerard Wenk, Sector San Juan Command Center Senior controller. “Inexperienced mariners, especially those operating smaller vessels, should avoid navigating in these conditions. All swimmer’s should take extreme caution and only use beaches that have a lifeguard on duty.”

A small craft advisory is issued by the National Weather Service when seas are expected to be greater than seven feet and sustained winds are between 20 and 33 knots for more than two hours.

Weather advisories for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands can be found at this link.

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