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Press Release | March 22, 2024

U.S. Coast Guard urges caution as hazardous maritime conditions approach

PHILADELPHIA — The Coast Guard urges the public to exercise caution ahead of storm conditions, Friday.

The captain of the port for Sector Delaware Bay has set a modified port condition whiskey due to the forecast of high winds in the Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware area beginning within the next 12 hours.

The National Weather Service has issued gale warnings for much of the region. These conditions may create life-threatening beach hazards, including dangerous rip currents and large battering waves.

Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay personnel are closely monitoring the weather. If forecasted predictions change, the captain of the port will evaluate if port condition restrictions are necessary.

In preparation for the impending weather, the Coast Guard recommends the following safety and preparedness tips:

Stay off the water: High surf and strong rip currents may occur as the storm passes; head warnings by local lifeguards, law enforcement officials, and NOAA.

Secure belongings: Boat owners should verify moorings, secure loose equipment, and store trailer-able boats (including kayaks, canoes, and stand-up paddle craft) in a place not susceptible to flooding.

Stay informed: Boaters can monitor VHF radio channel 16 for updates. The public should monitor the storm through local television, radio, and Internet.

For the latest forecast advisories and weather updates visit