Coast Guard warns about approaching storm

BAR HARBOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The Coast Guard is advising New England boaters and others on the water to use caution when they are out on the water this weekend.

They say that the NOAA is predicting that tropical storm Hermine may hit Southern New England Sunday through Tuesday causing rough conditions. 

There is a high surf advisory from 2 a.m. Monday morning thru 8 a.m. Tuesday. The Coast Guard is warning about rough surf and strong rip currents because of the impending tropical storm.

For those who may not know, a rip current is a strong narrow current flowing away from the beach. It can get up to 6 MPH. Rip currents may look darker and are in an area where waves are not breaking. If you get caught in one don't try to swim out of it, but do try and swim at an angle away from the current. Swim in the direction following the shoreline.

The Coast Guard is asking boaters to heed the warnings and to take precautions. They are asking them to do things such as file a float plan with a friend or a trusted source before getting underway, and to make sure there are enough life jackets on board. For swimmers or others on the water the Coast Guard is warning them to be extra cautious of rip tides and to tell friends where they are going to be.

Copyright 2016 WCSH


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