Coast Guard Warns Offshore Workers of Winter Storm Juno
The United States Coast Guard is issuing warnings to all offshore workers along the northeast coast to prepare for Winter Storm Juno that is expected to hit New York, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and other parts of the northeast early this week. The National Weather Service has also issued a blizzard warning as the storm is expected to produce 2-3 feet of snow and have winds of up to 40 miles per hour. Hurricane force winds are expected near Cape Cod and its surrounding islands, with wind gust of up to 80 miles per hour and seas as high as 25 feet tall. The winter storm could be the strongest the region has ever seen.
A warning was issued by the National Weather Service to all boaters and other mariners to stay off of the waters beginning on Monday night and lasting through Tuesday night. The Coast Guard is urging mariners who do remain on the water to take all of the necessary precautions to ensure safety of the crew. This includes ensuring that the vessel and any loose items onboard are properly secured and that all emergency equipment is working properly. Because cellular signal can weaken offshore, it is advisable for mariners to have a functional VHF-FM marine radio as well for updated weather advisories.