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Coast Guard readies for Jose, cautions mariners


Coast Guard units across the Northeast are accelerating preparations Monday ahead of forecasted tropical storm conditions expected to arrive in our area late Tuesday into Wednesday.

 

Forecasted marine and coastal effects, including 34-63 knot winds and 20-30 foot seas, could pose life-threatening conditions for mariners.

 

Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod crews are flying storm tracks and using marine radios to warn offshore boaters of the approaching heavy weather and recommending they seek safe haven.

 

Coast Guard Sectors and Stations across southern New England will maintain response-ready for near-shore search and rescue. The 270-foot Coast Guard Cutter Harriet Lane and 225-foot Coast Guard Cutter Oak, which is based in NEwport, crews are preparing to stage in protected waters for offshore response.

 

“We understand the sea is a livelihood for many people – but this is one of those few times when we urge everyone, commercial and recreational boaters, to stay off the water,” said Captain Richard Schultz, commander of Sector Southeastern New England.

 

Additionally, he said all boaters and those living along coastal communities are urged to secure their small craft and paddle craft, including canoes, kayaks, and paddle boards, due to the expected high winds, heavy seas, and storm surge. If drifting and unmanned, they could set off unnecessary searches and tie-up vital search and rescue resources.

 

For additional information from the National Weather Service, please visit their website.

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