Coast Guard advises Gulf Coast mariners to take precautions

Impact is anticipated as early as Sunday.

HOUSTON, Texas – The Gulf Coast community is being advised to be vigilant of Tropical Storm Beta forecasts and to take precautions as the storm system approaches. Impact is anticipated as early as Sunday. Go here to check on port conditions for Houston-Galveston and here for Corpus Christi.

Here are some safety tips:

  • Stay 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.
  • Be ready: 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.
  • Evacuate: 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 rescue those in danger during the storm.
  • Keep 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. Stay up-to-date with the latest information by visiting Ready.Gov and the NOAA National Hurricane Center website at https://www.nhc.noaa.gov.

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