The U.S. Coast Guard is preparing for a busy Labor Day weekend, along with the threat of Tropical Storm Hermine affecting Connecticut.
After reviewing the latest radar, Captain Andrew Tucci said Saturday morning looks like it will be great boating weather, but by late Saturday afternoon, the wind could pick up to 20 to 25 knots, which could spell trouble for small boaters.
“Just keep an eye on that, especially those smaller boats like paddle boats and kayaks, easily overcome by some seas and winds that might pick up," Tucci said.
Tucci said boaters should check the weather before leaving the dock and continuously monitor the conditions while on the water.
He also recommends inspecting your boat now, especially if it is docked.
“We don't want the rain to overcome any of that or the wind. So even if you're not going out, it's a good time to make sure your boat is in good condition and safely moored," Tucci said.
The Coast Guard also recommends:
Always wear a life jacket
- Take a VHF-FM marine radio because cell phones may lose signal
- Bring signal flares and an emergency position-indicating radio beacon (EPIRB) to alert first responders
- Never boat under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Let a friend or family member on shore know your plan
“We want boaters to have a great Labor Day weekend and a safe Labor Day weekend," Tucci said.