The U.S. Coast Guard 7th District has issued a press release to encourage boaters in South Florida to prepare for severe weather. Following is the full press release:
MIAMI – The Coast Guard is encouraging boaters Thursday to prepare for severe weather due to a developing tropical wave, Invest 99L, which is expected to impact South Florida at the beginning of the weekend.
The National Hurricane Center reports the disturbance is favorable for tropical development, resulting in a minimum of heavy rains and gusty winds. All boaters and beachgoers are strongly encouraged to monitor weather conditions as the depression is expected to develop into Tropical Storm Hermine.
Adverse weather effects generated by a tropical storm or hurricane can cover an area hundreds of miles wide. Additionally, recreational boaters and commercial vessels outside of the direct path of the storm are advised to be aware of weather conditions and take appropriate precautions to stay safe.
“Mariners should avoid unnecessary risk and use extreme caution if heading out on the water,” said Capt. Megan Dean, Sector Miami Commander. “Remember to remove your EPIRB from your vessel if the vessel will not be in use. EPRIBs left aboard vessels, with no one aboard, often get activated and result in a false alert. False alerts can cause a delay in Coast Guard search and rescue operations.”
Here are a few tips to help mariners protect themselves, their families and their vessels:
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Date: Aug 25, 2016
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