BOSTON – The Coast Guard is advising boaters to prepare for winter storm conditions that are expected to impact coastal regions throughout the Northeast over the next 24-36 hours.
The National Weather Service has issued a gale-force weather warning expected to last from late Tuesday through Wednesday across New England.
Boaters at sea are urged to seek safe shelter while boaters ashore are urged to take measures to secure their vessels and equipment.
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Coast Guard HC-144 air crews from Air Station Cape Cod are conducting “storm track warning” overflights to evaluate vessel traffic and advise boaters, fisherman and commercial vessels of anticipated weather conditions. Other Coast Guard units throughout the region are also conducting similar outreach in collaboration with fellow law enforcement and first responders.
The Coast Guard highlights the following messages to residents and visitors throughout the Northeast:
Stay clear of the beaches and dangerous overlooks. Wave heights and currents typically increase before and during a winter storm. Even the best swimmers can fall victim to the strong waves, frigid waters and rip currents caused by major storms. All persons should stay clear of dangerous areas until local law enforcement officials say the areas are safe.
Secure vessels and gear. Boaters are urged to secure any loose equipment, such as life jackets, paddles, ring buoys or other objects that could be easily picked up by the winds. Reports of unattended boats or equipment adrift can result in missing person reports, creating unnecessary searches by the Coast Guard for people in distress.
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 radio channel 16. Information can also be obtained on small craft advisories and warnings on VHF radio channel 16.
Be prepared. The Department of Homeland Security provides information for the variety of challenges winter weather brings. Visit www.ready.gov for more information.