Heavy weather expected along South Carolina and Georgia coasts this weekend

CHARLESTON, S.C. – With surf conditions expected to deteriorate Friday through the early part of next week due to Hurricane Igor, 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 South Carolina and Georgia coasts 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 Coast Guard requests that the public not call Coast Guard facilities for weather information, but to listen to weather broadcasts. Important storm information can also be viewed at http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/.

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