West Coast Boaters Warned of Hazardous Seas

San Francicso – The National Weather Service is warning of high seas, heavy rain and strong winds associated with a storm system that is expected to move into the area beginning tonight, and are expected to last though the weekend. The Coast Guard strongly urges boaters to remain in port during this time.

The National Weather Service marine forecast calls for winds to pick up throughout Wednesday night, with gusts expected to reach 29 miles per hour after midnight. There will a western swell of 9 to 11 feet with wind waves from 3 to 5 feet through the night as well.

The forecast for Thursday calls for winds from 23 to 35 miles per hour with wind waves from 3 to 7 feet. Mixed swells, with a western swell at 11 to 13 feet and southern swells at 5 to 7 feet are expected. The swells are expected to increase through the day Thursday. Thursday night, there are expected to be western swells at 12 to 15 feet and southern swells at 7 to 9 feet, with 4 to 7 foot wind waves.

The marine forecast for Friday calls for combined seas of 14 to 19 feet, with winds from 35 to 46 miles per hour.

On Saturday, a western swell at 20 to 24 feet, and winds of 17 to 29 miles per hour are expected.

Boaters who plan on venturing out should take extra precautions to ensure their own safety.

“Recreational boating is not advisable for the next couple of days.” Those who do plan on boating should tell someone where they are going, and make sure they have their required safety equipment such as lifejackets for everyone on board and signal flares,”

The Coast Guard suggests boaters also equip their boats with GPS, a marine VHF radio, and 406Mhz Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB). With a marine VHF radio boaters in distress can contact the Coast Guard on channel 16.

The most current marine forecast is available on the National Weather Service web site at http://www.weather.gov/. Boating safety requirements and education information can be found at http://www.uscgboating.org/.

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