Tropical Storm Arthur is threatening rough conditions on our coast and the U.S. Coast Guard says boaters should think twice before heading out on the water this Independence Day weekend. Those who decide to take the risk should be cautious and check weather conditions.
U.S. Coast Guard Lieutenant Lane Munroe warns even after the storm passes and skies clear, the ocean could still be dangerous. Storm surges, higher waves and rip currents are all things to watch out for.
"Both experienced and inexperienced mariners will be urged to stay home or give a very thorough evaluation of the weather before they get under way," says Munroe. "Make sure they have all the proper safety equipment and that they contact 911 or the Coast Guard if they get into trouble."
Gov. Pat McCrory has already declared a State of Emergency in 25 coastal counties in anticipation of Arthur.