USA. Coast Guard issues small craft advisory for mid-Atlantic region due to sever storms

Thursday, 16 November 2006

Portsmouth Va. Coast Guard issued a small craft advisory today for the mid-Atlantic region as storms that pounded the Deep South continued to move north.
Gale warnings were in effect in much of coastal North Carolina, and seas in some areas of the mid-Atlantic were expected to reach 12 feet.

Consult the National Oceonographic and Atmospheric Administration web site for detailed weather information in your area.
To prepare for severe coastal storms, the Coast Guard recommends the following:
Stay Informed:  The public should monitor the progress and strength of the storm through local television, radio and Internet.  Boaters can monitor its progress on VHF channel 16.  Information can also be obtained on small craft advisories and warnings on VHF channel 16.

Secure your Belongings:  Owners of larger boats are urged to move their boats to inland marinas where they will be less vulnerable to breaking free of their moorings or damage.  Trailerable boats should be pulled from the water and stored in a place that is not prone to flooding.  Those who are leaving their boats in the water are reminded to secure life rings, life jackets and small boats.

Be Cautious of Hazardous Materials:  If you have hazardous materials on or near the water, you are responsible for any spills that may occur.  Take the necessary precautions to secure them prior to any foul weather.

Stay Clear of Beaches:  Even the best swimmers can fall victim to the strong waves and rip currents caused by a heavy storm.  Swimmers are urged to stay clear of beaches until local officials say the water is safe.

Mariners are reminded that drawbridges along the coast may deviate from normal operating procedures prior to a storm. They are generally authorized to remain closed up to eight hours prior to the approach of gale force winds of 34 knots or greater, and whenever an evacuation is ordered. Because of the uncertainty of weather movements and related bridge closures, mariners should seek early passage through drawbridges well in advance of the arrival of gale force winds. When in doubt, check with the local Coast Guard marine safety office. 

Last Updated ( Thursday, 16 November 2006 )