Namely, the forecast predicts the storm could bring potential winds in excess of 65 mph and seas exceeding 30 feet to certain offshore areas. In view of this, the USCG issued the following safety tips for mariners:
- Stay up to date on the weather as conditions can change suddenly and with little warning.
- Secure electronic position indicating radio beacons. If unsecured, an EPIRB can break free from a boat and trigger an emergency signal to the Coast Guard.
- Do not go out to sea in a recreational boat when a storm is approaching.
- Contact local marinas to ask for advice about securing a vessel.
- Ensure boating gear is properly stowed or tied down to avoid causing unnecessary searches by the Coast Guard and other first responders. Life jackets, life rafts and small non-powered vessels are some examples of boating equipment often found adrift following severe weather.
Lt. Cmdr. Wes Geyer, command center chief, 5th Coast Guard District, said:
Our primary concern is ensuring the safety of mariners. We encourage all mariners to keep an eye on the weather and avoid putting themselves or their loved ones at risk as the storm passes off the coast.