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Coast Guard says potentially dangerous marine conditions possible this weekend

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Posted at 1:53 PM, Oct 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-18 13:53:24-04

LEE COUNTY, Fla. -- The Coast Guard says they are preparing for potentially dangerous marine weather conditions through Saturday, due to a forecasted tropical storm expected to make landfall along the Gulf Coast.

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The Coast Guard is reminding the public of these important safety messages:

♦ Stay off the water. Hurricanes and tropical storms can be deadly and our ability to conduct rescues can be diminished or non-existent at the height of a storm. Be prepared, stay informed and heed storm warnings.

♦ Be prepared. Owners of large boats are urged to move their vessels to inland marinas where they will be less vulnerable to breaking free of their moorings or to sustaining damage. Mooring lines should be doubled in case of high winds. Boats that can be trailered 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 remove EPIRBs and to secure life rings, life jackets, and small boats. These items, if not properly secured, can break free and require valuable search and rescue resources to be diverted to ensure people are not in distress.

♦ Stay informed. The public should monitor the progress and strength of the storm through local television, radio, and the 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.

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