Heavy surf conditions expected along Jacksonville area beaches thru Tuesday

Coast Guard District 7 NewsJACKSONVILLE, Fla. – With surf conditions expected to deteriorate Friday through the early part of next week, the Coast Guard is urging the maritime community and the boating public to monitor weather conditions before deciding to go out to sea.

Large swells and high surf are anticipated to exist along the east coast of Florida over the coming days producing hazardous navigation conditions and dangerous rip currents. Mariners are urged to use caution and follow the progression of the storm closely.

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.

Boaters are reminded to always wear their life jackets and file a float plan with a family member or friend. Boaters are also urged to have a working VHF radio, signaling devices and an emergency position-indicating radio beacon (EPIRB). The National Weather Service broadcasts marine weather forecasts regularly on Channels 1 through 5 on a VHF marine radio. Forecasts can also be checked by visiting the NWS website at http://www.nws.noaa.gov/.

To monitor present conditions of local beaches, please click here: http://www.ripcurrents.noaa.gov/forecasts.shtml

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