NEW ORLEANS — The Coast Guard
strongly cautions the maritime community to remain vigilant to weather
forecasts for Tropical Storm Delta and to take the necessary precautions as
this weather system approaches the area.
Storm Delta is expected to strengthen into a hurricane and impact the Gulf
Coast later this week.
conditions change based on weather forecasts, and current port conditions can
be viewed on the following Coast Guard homeport webpages:
Guard is reminding the public of these important safety messages:
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.
- Do not
shelter on boats. Mariners
are urged not to shelter-in-place on house boats or any other type of
vessel. The safest place to be during a tropical storm or hurricane is off
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 and may put first
responders in harm's way to ensure people are not in distress.
as necessary. If
mandatory evacuations are set for an area, the public should evacuate
without delay. Coast Guard personnel and other emergency responders may
not be able to evacuate or rescue those in danger during the storm.
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.
more information on hurricane preparedness visit Ready.Gov and NOAA
websites, as well as following them on Twitter.