September 11, 2017

Coast Guard urges extreme caution to mariners
off NC Coast due to Hurricane Irma

The U.S. Coast Guard is urging mariners to use extreme caution if they must venture off the North Carolina coast due to weather offset by Hurricane Irma.

While recent Hurricane Irma forecasts have been favorable for North Carolina, Irma's current projection does not mean all threats to the coastal regions have been eliminated.

There remains potential for significant impacts off the North Carolina coast from Irma. The coastal impacts currently predicted include large surf, potential coastal flooding, and tropical storm level winds later Sunday and early Monday potentially into Tuesday.

"Mariners should submit a voyage plan with family and/or friends, ensure they have the proper safety equipment, with PFDs for everyone aboard and flares," said Cmdr. Quincy L. Davis, deputy sector commander for Sector North Carolina.  "We also urge mariners to have proper communication equipment, preferably a radio appropriate for the marine environment."

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