Texas Coast Guard officials caution residents about Tropical Storm Debby
As Tropical Storm Debby makes landfall, Coast Guard officials have issued safety tips to the maritime community.
"Tropical Storm Debby may not hit Texas this time, but it is important for boaters to keep track of the forecasted weather during this hurricane season, as storms can develop very quickly in the Gulf," said Lt. Julio Gonzalez, the Sector Houston-Galveston command duty officer, in a press release. "Weather in the Gulf can change drastically in 24 hours; the best way for boaters to stay safe is to keep track of the forecasted weather and ensure that all of their safety gear works properly beforehand."
High seas, heavy rains and damaging winds can present serious dangers to mariners. Dangerous weather conditions generated by a tropical system can cover hundreds of miles.
Following are tips to help mariners protect themselves, their families and their vessels:
If local authorities issue an evacuation notice, take heed and know the evacuation routes.
Do not go out to sea in a recreational boat if a tropical system is approaching.
Contact a local marina for advice on how to secure a vessel.
Take action now. The effects of a tropical system can be felt well in advance of the storm and can prevent the safe completion of preparations.
After the storm passes, check with local authorities before entering storm-damaged areas.
Do not try to reach boats that have been forced into the water. Do not try to board partially sunken boats.
Stay clear of beaches.
Boaters and coastal residents can get storm and hurricane information from VHF-FM marine radios, commercial radio, television stations, newspapers and NOAA weather radios.
For more information, visit www.nhc.noaa.gov.
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